Nobody said it was easy for women at work. While feminism has come on leaps and bounds, there are still some issues that we need to address. Believe or not, there are loads of rights you have as a worker. There are certain things that you should never put up with when you are at work. If you don’t learn to stand up for yourself, people will take advantage of you. Sometimes, terrible things happen at work. Here are five awful things that should not happen in any professional environment.
- Someone bullying you in the workplace
Workplace bullying is a serious problem that affects millions of people every year. If you feel that someone is tormenting you on a daily basis, you need to action. It can be stressful when you don’t feel comfortable in a working environment, but you have to take action as soon as possible. There is a wealth of help and support out there for you. All you need to do is have the courage to ask for it. Remember, bullying is never okay.
- Your boss underpaying you
Okay, so you work hard all month long and finally get that all-important paycheck. But, wait, what’s that? There is a significant amount of money missing from your check. If you find that your boss underpays you, you need to approach him or her about it. Sure, it is difficult to talk about money with them, but you need to do it. If you have a contract, he or she has a legal obligation to pay you. If you are on an hourly rate, you need to keep a record of your hours. That way, you can check whether your boss pays you right.
- The job causes you lasting damage
Some jobs come with their fair share of hazards, and so you need to be aware of them. Your career should never harm you in a physical way. If you haven’t heard of industrial deafness yet, you should learn a little about it. When you work in a busy or loud environment, it can hinder your hearing. If you find that your job harms your hearing, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible. That way, you will get the help you need to improve your situation.
- Your boss giving your duties you can’t do
It would be nice if we were all amazing at everything we tried, but that is not realistic. In reality, we are not all well suited to everything. You should never waste your time in ill-fitting jobs. Instead, you need to find the thing at which you excel. That way, you will have a chance to become not just good at your job, but great at it. If your boss keeps giving you duties that you can’t do well, maybe you are in the wrong profession. Consider whether you would suit another role, and then chase it.
- Sexism in the workplace
Now, let’s talk about the big one – sexism. If you experience sexism in the workplace, you need to take action against the people who are to blame. For example, if you feel that your manager treats you different to how he treats the men at work, you need to speak up. People who marginalize others never expect them to fight back, but you must do so. The fact that you are a woman should never, ever hold you back from achieving your dreams. Speak up and let people know that misogyny is wrong.
The workplace should be a fair environment. If you feel that things are wrong, only you have the power to change them.
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