It shouldn’t be so, but even in 2020, it still feels like a woman needs to try 10%, 20%, or even 50% harder than her male counterparts if she is to gain the respect she deserves at her business. While this sucks, it gives boss ladies the chance to show off exactly what they can do, silence the doubters, and prove a point time after time. Still, it’s exhausting always to be going that extra mile. So, what’s the solution? How to gain the respect of others and keep it in a new job?
Do your job and do it well
The simplest and easiest way to make everybody respect you at your new job is merely to do your job and do it well. You would not have been hired if you couldn’t do what was expected of you, so remember that if you ever doubt yourself. Keep that thought in mind and you’ll have the confidence to take on every project and task with the professional excellence that is required.
The more you excel, the more respect you’ll get. Even if there’s a boss who is unwilling to give you a chance, especially one who seems stuck in the past, they will eventually need to provide you with the recognition that you deserve. As long as you continue to perform, you will continue to have their respect.
Keep communication records & maintain professionalism
Communication is essential in business. It always has been, and it always will be.
As a professional, you want to ensure that all correspondence between you and your coworkers remains appropriate for the workplace environment. Your colleagues wouldn’t want to end up like Harvey Weinstein or his 23-year prison sentence. Showing you the necessary respect and dignity that you deserve should be a basic assumption.
It’s not always that way, however; there are still dinosaurs that permeate the business world. Even if you don’t want to ruffle any feathers as a new employee, remembering to keep a record of chats, no matter how innocent, could prove invaluable should other issues arise later on.
How to gain the respect of others: Show your confidence
Business people can be like sharks. They can recognize uncertainty and weaknesses. Even if you feel nervous, you’ve got to do everything you can to appear the opposite way.
By using your body language and confident speech, you’ll get their respect almost immediately. As soon as you demonstrate that you are not someone to mess with, you may find that your time at the new company is a lot more comfortable than it was at first. It’s probably not that everyone is scared of you, but instead much more likely because they know you won’t take any nonsense.
On being respected
Perhaps one day, women will not need to try so hard to make a positive impression. There are a lot of men that are feminists, and I love that! However, there are still some misogynists in organizations and when women stand up for justice they can be seen as manhaters.
Many women don’t speak up about sexism for fear of being reprimanded in some way at work, and that’s not right on any level. Businesses must be willing and ready to back their female employees when they say that they have experienced sexist comments in the workplace.
One day I want as many women to be introduced in conferences and other events more for their credentials than for their personalities, as men are, and for workplaces to have a gender-balanced culture. Until that happens, I never want you to think you are “less than.” Step out and do your best at the new job and you will garner the respect of those who you also respect.