The New York Times recently asked readers to share advice for young women in the workplace. More than 500 responses followed, with insights ranging from how to be a leader and taking risks to negotiating salary and finding mentors. Some highlights:
- Strive to be the person that people count on.
- Don’t just sit at the table; talk at the table! Make it a point to contribute at least once in every meeting you attend.
- To stand out and excel, especially as a woman in the business world, you need to lead.
- Keep track of your accomplishments. Don’t brush them off; write them down and add them to your working résumé.
- Stop apologizing. Women say they are sorry far too much for things they had no control over.
- Never think of yourself as a woman first, but as a competent and capable individual who can get the job done just as well as your co-workers.
Inspired by the New York Times article, a few women at Randstad recently shared their own advice for women in the workplace:
Keep Your Company’s Best Interest In Mind
“I think the one piece of advice I would give women interested in developing their careers is to always keep in mind what is in the best interest of the company. If you can always make decisions, prioritize your responsibilities, and take actions based upon that one premise, then what is in your best interest will always follow.”
-Melissa Knybel, RN, BSN, Vice President of Operations, Randstad Healthcare
Listen and Observe
"Listen and observe all the time. It is amazing what you remember and learn early in your career just by observing and taking mental note of how decisions are made. Therefore, when it is your turn to make the decision you have a log of your observations. Listening over time is much more impactful than always being the one to speak up. Also, trust the numbers and results. Business drives your decisions from a place of fact."
- Dawn McAuliffe, Director of Operations at Randstad
Express Your Opinions With Confidence
"If you want or are interested in a position of leadership, make sure your voice is heard and that you express your opinions with confidence in meetings -- not just with your direct manager, but also when you are meeting with peers and other executives. Be prepared and well studied on the issues at hand so that your comments are well thought-out. The best piece of advice when I started my career was that if you expect respect, it needs to be mutually shared -- a lesson I have taken with me for life."
-Cathy Clauss, Randstad Healthcare Physician Staffing
Do you have advice to share for women in the workplace? Share your thoughts in the comments section!