How To Break Stereotypes At Work And In Life.
Stereotypes are everywhere from the workplaces to the general society, and they are not only unfair but also destructive because they undermine other people. This does no good for productivity in the workplace. Many of the stereotypes are related to sexual presence, gender, religion, race, and age. With people from different nationalities, race, gender, and sexual preferences at work, the stereotypes at workplaces tend to be similar to the ones in the general society. Stereotypes doesn’t necessarily have to involve harassments, as even the belief about someone just because of their gender, race or nationality is the same thing. To make a progressive society, we have to break the stereotypes and this is something that will require self-will and determination. Here are some tips on how you can dismantle the preconceptions everywhere.
Someone may feel like you do not deserve equal pay because of your race or gender, which is a characteristic of many American stereotypes. You have to demand to be paid what you deserve and fight for the promotions, more responsibilities, negotiate the salary, more benefits and skill, knowledge and general worth. Others may feel that you are not determined or aggressive enough, and these you shut down by taking charge of your goals and growth.
There is nothing on this planet that comes on a silver platter and no one will notice you if all you do wait and hope for the best, which means that you have to be really blunt about your interests, passion, and expectations. There will always people that will feel threatened by your new authority and success when you get there, and these are sentiments that you should expect and not let deter you. Having a new status, you have the chance and the power to fight the negativity. There will be other people being discriminated against and instead of being unjust, jealous or competitive with them, you should support them and help them get out of the comfort zones and improve the status.
If there is something that you feel can be done better, or need improvement, you should say it because not saying anything makes the people think that you are comfortable. Trying to change yourself so that you can fit in is just giving them power to intimidate you. It is very important that you are honest and trustworthy because there are positive stereotypes too. This will bring everyone supporting you together. This is a journey that you will have to choose to embark on despite the setbacks because the feeling of satisfaction and success are totally worth it in the end.