Think of a colleague you really like — as well as one you could easily do without.
Now imagine each of them wearing a particular outfit, doing their hair a certain way or taking a stance on some issue affecting you.
Do you judge each person through the lens of whether you like them or not? Are you more inclined to see the positive in the people you like and find fault in those you don’t?
No surprise: The New York Times reports this week that sexism is alive and well in today’s political world. When it comes to attacks on both Hilary Clinton and Republican strategist Kellyanne Conway, critics on both sides of the political aisle resort to misogynistic attacks on both women’s hair, makeup and clothing. If we already liked Kellyanne, we weren’t bothered by how she sat on the Oval Office couch. Yet outrage came from those who already take issue with her.
That certainly applies to the workplace as well. When we like a particular person, we don’t make negative comments when she wears a too-short dress. But when that same dress is worn by a woman we already dislike, well, the snickering ensues.
Is it possible to ignore preexisting opinions to make clear judgment calls in the moment?
At some point in everyone’s career, some hiring manager asks, “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” Answering that question right can mean the difference between getting the job or not so “it’s important to emphasize what you’re good at, and minimize—but be truthful about—what you’re no,” says Monster’s Carole Martin here.
When you imagine working until age 70, does it conjure a dream or a nightmare?
Years ago, the immediate answer was, “Hell no, not me! “But a new Harvard study says that women are not so quick to pack it when they hit traditional retirement age.
Today, women are more likely to work into their 60s and 70s, often full-time, because they find work fulfilling, a marked change from the post recession years when many women had no choice but to work beyond 65 to make ends meet.
Which describes you: work to live or live to work?