Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Behind the Term

"Marilyn Loden, a management consultant, author, and diversity advocate popularized the term "glass ceiling" in 1978. It was coined by Loden to characterise women's obstacles to advancement and success in the workplace. Since then, the definition of the phrase has been expanded. The term "glass ceiling" now refers to discrimination faced by both men and women.

In the workplace, significant progress has been accomplished. Many people, however, continue to face unjust barriers to advancement in their employment. They may have the qualifications, experience, and "can-do" attitude to be excellent candidates for promotion, yet they frequently watch less competent coworkers overtake them or be overlooked for senior jobs.

The invisible barrier that hinders some people from progressing to senior positions is referred to as the glass ceiling. It's a subtle but harmful sort of discrimination in which you are unable to take advantage of the chances that are presented to you, despite your suitability and best efforts. Importantly, this "failure" is not due to a lack of knowledge or expertise, nor is it due to a lack of effort. The glass ceiling is most commonly linked with women at work; according to data, women are 18% less likely to be promoted than their male coworkers.

What can you do at work to make yourself stand out?

1) Collect feedback Outside of your review process, don't be scared to ask your peers or bosses for comments. It will assist you in determining the talents you require. Indeed, if you don't yet have the qualifications for the profession you want, you'll need to put in some effort to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge.

2) Make a plan of action. Work on achieving your goal. Learn how to learn new skills and bear in mind that you can change and adapt at any time.

3) Participate in higher-level projects as a volunteer. To demonstrate that you're capable of taking on higher-level tasks, it's critical that you stand out and break the mould for your current position. Volunteering for a new project outside your current responsibilities might be a fantastic way to expand your horizons.

4) Look for mentors who can help you achieve your career goals. Internal advocates that can assert and support your career progress are critical; advancing your career can be considerably more difficult without them.

Be Aware:

1) Raise your awareness of the problem. Find out whether there are any glass ceilings in your company. The more you know about the problem, the more opportunities you'll see for a change.

2) Express your dissatisfaction. If your organisation has a glass ceiling but your bosses aren't aware of it, speak up: you might make some valuable allies.

3) Have patience. Breaking through a glass ceiling takes time, but check in on a regular basis to see how far you've come.

4) Assume responsibility for your own growth. If you're not getting enough possibilities in your current job, it's time to take advantage of them by enrolling in online classes and looking for other options.

Organizations must recognize that greater diversity at the top leads to better decision-making and business results. In a similar vein, women should shatter mental glass ceilings, maintain self-confidence, and talk openly about their accomplishments in order to be acknowledged and pursue their goals without fear."

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