A 2011 article titled "Quit Being So Nice" opens with this quote:
Men are taught to be right.
Women are taught to be nice.
A 2017 article opens with the same idea as this quote, but expands on the idea of likeability of men versus women in the workplace by summarizing a study done by professors in 3 European business schools.
For others to see women as confident and influential at work, they needed to be liked and competent. For men, competence was the only factor. The authors defined "likeability" as "pro-social traits - such as helpfulness and kindness".
Why am I even bringing this up? After nearly 5 months of radio silence on this side of the blog (sorry! I've been busy with EPICODE and RD exam tutoring), I've developed quite the list of blog topics on my notepad.
The idea of social aspects in the workplace as come up again and again through some particularly difficult situations in the past few months. Some flew up out of nowhere, catching me off guard and really setting me into a tailspin. Others, like this one, are always bubbling beneath the surface.
In this post, I'll touch on 2 topics: