March 8, 2011
Work Less, Earn More
What does it really take for women to get ahead? Seems there’s a disagreement between the sexes on this one. Sixty-eight percent of women surveyed say advancement comes from hard work and long hours – only 55 percent of the men agree.
In contrast, 42 percent of guys think women move up based on talent, compared just 34 percent of women. That’s according to Accenture's global survey in honor of International Women’s Day (today!).
So, what’s the learning? "Value your talent, work smart but not so hard that you burn out,” Nellie Borrero, Accenture’s managing director of global inclusion and diversity, tells PINK. “Get out a bit and show everyone what you can do.”
Borrero suggests spending time on building relationships and networks in lieu of having lunch at your desk with a “sole focus on results and productivity.”
Women who move up in big companies, like Office Depot’s Monica Luechtefeld, say getting noticed at work means speaking up: “If you are committed to a project that you think could impact your company, you've got to step up to be the voice of it and continue to lobby for it.”
Experts also suggest highlighting unique skills you bring to the table over ones shared by coworkers – called a “disruptive skill set” – so superiors recognize your individual value. All this could have more impact on your career than longer hours.
Bonus PINK Link: FInd out how Nellie Borrero helps advance women and takes diversity global in our exclusive Top Woman Profile.
Minute Mentor: Penny McIntyre, group president at Newell Rubbermaid, shares advice on how more companies can promote diversity.
By Cynthia Good
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