Gender issues at the workplace

Gender issues at the workplaceThere has been a steady rise in the number of working women in India. Whether it is literature, business, politics, IT, or media female employees are no longer a rare species in any of these spheres. But the fact remains that these women, no matter what position they hold, they still have to confront with their male counterparts at the workplace.In order to sail smoothly in a man friendly corporate world,it is important that women deal with the situation tactfully without blaming their biological status.

Although times are changing even today, some men have ego problems with women sharing the same workplace as them. There is also a perception that for a female employee, a job is just a time pass, after all they do not need to support a family! It is the responsibility of the women executives to resolve such issues either with the help of their female colleagues or those male colleagues who are supportive enough.

A counselor dealing with women issues suggests, “Develop a positive mindset and never suffer from an inferiority complex because you belong to the fairer sex. Try to be yourself and not just a woman. Leave all your inhibitions behind.” In fact every woman whether working or otherwise has a lot of strength which can be used to their advantage.

“It is good to put forward your viewpoints in an assertive and confident manner. If you are justified in what you are saying it will be appreciated for sure irrespective of whether you are male or female. It is a universal truth that women are more emotional than men. But never let others take advantage of you by exploiting you emotionally. Do not ask for any favor or expect special treatment from anybody just because you are a woman”, says a women executive with more than a decade’s experience.

Any personal differences fostered by men against women or vice- versa should be kept aside in the interest of the organization. In the workplace, people should judge each other by their performance and professionalism only. Cooperation and not confrontation should be the buzzword in the corporate world. After all gender conflict will ultimately hurt the progress of the organization in the long run.


- Ranjita Chattopadhyay (views expressed in the article are that of the author)




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