October 24, 2012
Last week, I published the first in a series of blog entries that, this month, will focus on women in the workplace. If you missed the initial entry, please click here to catch up as this is a sequel and I don’t want to bore you with a repeat. Women, last week, I gave you the tough, hard facts about unemployment and equal pay. But all good things come to those who wait: Here’s the good news and even better tips to safeguard your career...
In many ways, I believe women to be superior in the workplace, and that’s why I tend to hire more women in my own business and on behalf of our enterprise clients. I’m proud to report that Tiger-Consulting is very woman-friendly but I’d be remiss if I did not admit that my firm is so by design as it positively impacts our bottom line to be productive! This is a win-win and I’m proud of that. A happy team makes a good company, after all.
So what about the guys? The men on my team are the best at what they do. They need to be because the lion share of the tasks we perform in our office and client operations across 12 Asia Pac countries is detail-oriented, and this is where women tend to shine. However, a good employer will make every effort to maximize the productivity of all staff members, so I’m leveraging the talents of male team members (and in regions, office environments) that I know will allow for optimal performance, work satisfaction.
Now back to women-you are the focus of this series after all-for those of you who are concerned about employment opportunities here in Asia, the U.S., and worldwide, the best advice I can give is not to worry about the system or coworkers but to worry about yourself. We could all grow old and die before a broken system is ever repaired but we do have control over how we work within that system, so best to put our energy there.
For example women, when pursuing your career, ask yourselves what am I good at and focus on pursuit of job opportunities that would be most suitable for those skills and talents. In terms of pay, do your homework and identify positions that match your goals. You should also take into account priorities such as moms who may be willing to trade higher pay for more flexible hours.
Ladies, once you have a job, I recommend that you focus on doing the best job possible. Be careful of pitfalls such as letting your emotions get the best of you in the office. Men have more issues with posturing in the workplace, while women more often struggle with separating their personal versus worklife. Please don’t be offended by that, this is another classic pitfall. Women would do well to avoid political correctness in the office place. While there are ALWAYS exceptions and TRUE harassment is a very real and serious matter that we take as such at my firm and in client operations, women who are more professional than sensitive will be taken more seriously and soar higher, faster.
Founder & CEO, Tiger-Consulting