The world of work is a delicate and difficult thing to navigate. But like any other thing, the earlier you start, the better you become at it. I was taught to transition through any circumstances that life throws at me with grace, gratitude and a great sense of humility. Before starting to work, my upbringing at home included few simple rules: practicing professional distance, communicating clearly at all times and celebrating both failure and success in the same style among others. Years went on, I traveled across cultures and continents, changed geographical locations, jobs and industries, but the influence of my childhood has always kept me composed, down-to-Earth, and excellent at working with everyone regardless of their life philosophy, gender, belief, character, cultural background and level of seniority.
Technology and speed of internet are advanced, however the understanding between people are improving on a slow mode since they are divided into groups and cannot see much beyond their group membership or simply do not want to. I am all about female empowerment and gender equality, although I believe it is the duty of both men and women to create an office environment where there is clear communication channel that leaves no room for misinterpretation and misunderstanding.
For businesses to thrive, for people to succeed in their career ladder and achieve a truly equal world, we need to have a basic understanding that focusing too much neither on femininity nor masculinity will ever bring positive outcomes.
Merely carrying professional self and leaving bad mood and personal problems within the premises one’s house is a healthy approach that could prevent a lot of unnecessary talks, situations and even collisions.
Using gender-neutral language in conversations and communications would help in creating the atmosphere of equality. When speaking of how women and men assess a project, make decisions or react to a force-majeure, it is worth remembering that there is no such thing as gender differences but gender peculiarities that can be managed with courtesy and clarity if all sides are striving for equal effort.
Everything should be solved once we put emphasize on the commonalities we share as human beings. Each gender can be vulnerable yet powerful, sensitive yet objective and successful yet modest. We should define people by who they are, not what they come to represent.