Although favoritism is clearly apparent in a lot of workplaces, this doesn’t mean that you can’t get yourself ready to become a member of the management team. Even if it’s apparent that you won’t get the position within the company that you work for, you’re setting yourself good habits for a business that would be more than glad to have a capable woman working for them. But how do you make yourself stand out to those who have the final say?
Although you may be doing the same job as a handful of other people, and you’re all doing the work, it’s the ones who actually set their mind on the task at hand and focus on what they need to get done for the day that stand out. Even if you’re not raising your head to join in with conversation much, it shows that you are more concerned about getting the job done. This means big things for those who are managing you; you are making their job so much easier and helping your company to progress the way it should be.
Look For Alternatives
If you know that there’s a quicker way for a process to be done, suggest it. If you have worked out how to do something for cheaper than it’s currently be done, talk about it. There are certain processes, such as contract management, which can be done via software that can be downloaded. That is just one of so many things that can be brought up to current management.
However, you need to be careful not to push forward too many ideas; there is always the opportunity for them to be worked upon without much credit towards you or the chance of promotion being offered. There’s a fine line as being seen as a really cheap deal for what you’re being paid and what you’re actually doing, and being seen as management material. You need to haggle with your skills and make them know that you are worth keeping and investing in – both with a pay rise and further career development.
Set An Example
You need to ensure that the work you are doing is of the quality where people can come to you for help, advice and guidance over what they need to do. Setting example to those around you can actually be quite tough, especially if you haven’t done anything previously to earn the respect of your fellow workmates.
Depending on the business that you’re in, there can be some set social circles and cliques that you need to suss out before any of them will trust you with leading them. Be gentle with your approach and make sure that you’re not treading on anybody else’s toes who may be vying for the same position. It will do you no favours in the long run if you are seen as the one who is climbing over others to get to the top.