In her corporate coaching experience, Klaus claims to have noticed a marked increase in women worrying about being labeled a "bitch," or worse, at work. She attributes it to the recession and the super competitive job market; women feel as if one false move could get them the ax, so they’re playing it safe.
I can’t say I’ve noticed this phenomenon in my current workplace — Sugar HQ tends to be pretty female-centric — but I’ve definitely experienced it in previous ones. One company I worked for had such a strong double standard, I couldn’t voice an opinion without being labeled a "loose cannon," and I felt myself slipping into masculine patterns of speech just to be heard ("Look, Don, I’m gonna give it to you straight here . . ."). Hilarious in hindsight, but rather unpleasant at the time.
How about you? Have you ever experienced double standards for female behavior in your workplace?
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