Did you apologise for the last sick leave you took? Do you feel guilty about being paid more than the super sweet colleague who sits next to you? Well, stop it. There are a few situations at work that demand to be dealt with like a boss. An apology doesn’t cut it all the time. By apologising for the wrong things, you will display low self-confidence and that’s never an advantage. Don’t undermine your achievements by apologising for them. It’s time to step up the confidence levels and stop saying sorry for a few things at work.
Asking for a well-deserved raise.
If you know you deserve it, demand it. No one’s going to do it for you.
Being new to the job.
Everybody has a first day/week/month at work. It’s unrealistic for you to know everything from the word ‘go’.
Taking a break.
Take your designated leave and maintain your sanity. A happy person is the most productive. Every few months, you need to unwind and there’s nothing like a vacation to do just that.
Making your life priority over your work.
After spending the majority of your day at work, you need to switch off at night and relax to face the next day. Spend time with the family, go out for a drink, watch a movie, or catch up on the day’s TV shows. Put your laptop and your phone away.
Taking a stand and sticking to it.
If you need to be strong-headed to do what’s right, do it. No one respects a pushover.
Not approving your colleague’s friend request.
You won’t get along with everybody in your office. And if a colleague you don’t like sends you a friend request on social media, don’t be afraid to reject it. You don’t need everyone at work looking through your personal stuff.
When you’re sick, you’re supposed to rest. No one can hold that against you. Unless you’re faking it, which is unprofessional.
Taking or making an opportunity for yourself.
The most common reaction to a woman getting promoted over men is that she must be sleeping with the boss. Don’t let that envy stop you from being a go-getter. If you’re better than the others at grabbing opportunities, don’t stop yourself.
Not looking perfect.
Everyone has not-so-perfect days. You’re a human being. You will have them too. Don’t expect to look perfect every time you step out of the house.
Dressing ‘too sexy’.
Your sense of style is your own. As long as it’s appropriate for work, a sexy outfit should not be set aside for parties only.
Speaking out against inappropriate humour.
Most women go through sexual harassment at the workplace at some point in their lives. It generally starts with inappropriate jokes. Nip it in the bud.
For anything that’s on your resume.
Your work experience is part of your identity. No matter how crappy they were, you should not be ashamed of any of your jobs. They have made you the person you are now.
An office romance.
If you’re not breaking any rules and a break-up doesn’t get intolerably unpleasant for you, an office romance can be fun.