By Shane Svorec

Last month, we celebrated Women’s History Month by recognizing women’s contributions, achievements, and efforts, both past and present. During March, the world proudly celebrates and highlights women who have broken barriers, shattered glass ceilings, and challenged societal “norms,” however, as we flip the calendar to a new month, we acknowledge that there are still obstacles and challenges facing women in the workplace. To “level the playing field” and not assume a “lesser role,” I wanted to approach this subject with a victorious mindset that empowers women and reminds them of their worth. 

To this end, I have compiled some helpful tips to equip more women with knowledge, support, and confidence to know their value and earn their worth. Whether it’s salary negotiation, bettering your chances for promotion, or how to be more business savvy, here are five things you need to do to cast a brighter light on you, your skills, and your worth: 

One of the biggest mistakes I see women make is not believing in themselves. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will, so it’s time to shed self-doubt. Early in my sales career, someone told me to “Be a collector of nos.” This ambiguous advice came in handy when door after door closed, and I felt defeated. Then, I understood that I needed to knock on more doors to increase my chances of hearing “Yes.” The adage, “We miss the chances we don’t take,” became apparent and motivating. The more we do uncomfortable things, the more comfortable we become. Confidence in yourself, your worth, and your abilities translates to confidence in the workplace and you as an employee. Even if you don’t get a “yes” every time, your confidence and willingness to work hard to find them gives employers a sense of comfort and reassurance –bettering your chances of being recognized.

When setting your sights on a position, take inventory of your skills and strengths and be aware of growth areas. Make a list of what you bring to the position and, whenever possible, quantify why choosing you for the job will increase revenue, productivity, or morale – all of which benefits the company. Women often underestimate the benefits their flexibility, experience, ability to multi-task, etc., bring to a company. Don’t sell yourself short. If you’ve been passed over for a promotion, ask what you need to do to be considered next time. Are there training opportunities to demonstrate your readiness? It’s more cost-effective to train and retain current employees than replace them. Bold asks beget respect.

A positive attitude is one of an employee’s most valuable assets and increases productivity, morale, and teamwork. Employees who maintain positive attitudes in the workplace are viewed as better leaders and more effective team players. As noted in Business News Daily, “Embracing a positive outlook at work helps to create a collaborative and supportive culture that fosters productivity and personal growth.” Employees with a delightful demeanor and a willingness to learn are more inclined to be promoted. Although employees can learn new skills, individuals with a positive attitude tend to shine more.

Speaking of shine, sometimes we must go outside our comfort zone or usual routine and seek opportunities to showcase our talent and abilities. Demonstrating strengths and skills beyond your job requirements is a smart move to garner greater success and further your potential. Positioning yourself as a valued employee includes being adaptable, dependable, and professional. Individuals who stand out and shine are proactive, professional, and patient. You start to gleam a bit more when viewed as an employee who delivers and streamlines efforts.

Navigating the workplace can be challenging but possible. Set your goals, stay the course, and hold your head high. I believe in you! 

Shane Svorec is a Sales and Marketing Professional who, during Covid, pursued her long-time passion for writing, published her first book, and became an award-winning author. Her work includes Broken Little Believer: Finding Purpose in All the Pretty Painful Pieces and The Busy Bridge That Got Its Break. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, three children, and rescue pets.