Does the Glass Ceiling still Exist in the Workplace?

More than twenty years after The Wall Street Journal coined the term, some people still ask if the glass ceiling still exist. Is there still an invisible barrier that keeps women from reaching the top ranks in companies?

If a multi-country survey is to be believed, then yes, there is a glass ceiling. In a study made by Accenture with one thousand two hundred (1,200) executives in the United States, Australia, Austria, and the Philippines, seventy percent (70%) of women and fifty seven percent (57%) of men believe that a barrier still keeps women from the high ranks of business.

However, career dissatisfaction among the men and women in the survey does not necessarily follow. According to the study, American career women are just as satisfied with their professional achievements as the men are. Sixty seven percent (67%) of men are satisfied with their compensation while women follow with a close sixty percent (60%).

And while some networking opportunities remain the domain of men, women are slowly etching their mark in business on their own – if they want to. Several experts attribute a halt in the progress of women at work to the women’s want to spend time in the other aspects of their lives as well. Women spend less time in the office than men; and they don’t ask for more money.

Whether or not this “want” is true, for those women with the drive to get to the top and break the so-called barrier, here are some tips.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Network with the big kahunas: If you are just on your way to the top, it pays to talk to and spend time with those already on the top. Do not expect them to notice your work, as is. If they are dealing with corporate-wide issues, they won’t have time to look at each person’s daily work. You have got to get out there and let yourself be known to them. They will be your vital connections when it’s your turn for a promotion. Besides, talking to them will often give you the bigger picture on the strategic issues your company faces. This will make you more effective on your current job.

Sell yourself: Your bosses should know your ambitions and your skills. Even though you do a great job, you still need to let your boss notice this. Promote yourself and your achievements.

Ask for more money: When you’ve done your work, done it great, and your bosses know about this, it’s time for them to know too that you know your value to the company. Ask for more money if you think you deserve it.

Forbes Magazine 2006

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