The Woman's Workplace Survival Guide

The Woman's Workplace Survival Guide

by Sarah Kaip



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ISBN-13: 9780974383088
Publisher: Advantage Source, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/28/2005
Pages: 345
Product dimensions: 5.44(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range: 3 Months

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Woman's Workplace Survival Guide 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
plappen on LibraryThing 10 months ago
For any woman (or man) who is new to the workforce, one of the major things to consider is getting along with co-workers. This book looks at the sort of people one will meet in the workplace, and what to do about it.Are your co-workers arrogant, cynical, passive-aggressive, bullies or complainers? Publicly praise them for their help when appropriate, and don¿t be afraid to stand up to them. If they created a problem, don¿t make it personal; make them come up with a solution. If someone tries to dump their work on you, set clear boundaries as to what you will, and won¿t, do. In meetings, do not, for any reason, lead with, ¿This may be a stupid question, but...¿What if you are the one with the ¿problem¿? This book looks at negative self talk, people who are impatient or perfectionists, overcoming social anxiety, and dealing with criticism (not all criticism is a personal attack).The author also looks at when to work from home, when to change jobs, and when your employer makes that decision for you (being fired is not the end of the world). More serious issues are covered, like pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, equal pay for equal work, and asking for a raise (something which is never easy, no matter who you are).This book may be intended for women, but it is also highly recommended for men entering the workforce, too. It is very easy to read, and the author does a fine job presenting solutions for the situations that may be encountered in the workplace.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent and easy-to-read manual for any woman entering the workforce for the first time. Ms. Kaip writes succinctly on a variety of topics, infusing humor and personal anecdotes. This would make a great graduation gift for any woman entering the world of work for the first time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'On the most basic level, you give your employers 40 hours a week, and the employer gives you a paycheck. But on a deeper level, you give them your personality, character, skills, knowledge, ideas, trust, and loyalty. In return, employers and coworkers give you a sense of belonging, security, personal and professional development, opportunities, and support.' When I read that I thought, WOW is that ever right on! Author Sarah Kaip certainly knew what she was talking about when she put this book together. Her humor and witty style make reading this guide a pleasure. I have been in the workforce for over thirty years, and have seen most of the issues first hand. I have been on both sides of some of the issues, and I sure wish this book had been around sooner. The information and advice in The Woman's Workplace Survival Guide doesn't just apply to women, or office jobs, but to anyone in the workforce in any position. I have worked in plywood mills, retail stores, television stations, and corporate offices and the insights and solutions contained in this book cover most of the situations I have found myself in. I highly recommend this book, it should be standard reading curriculum for high school and college students looking to enter the workforce. An excellent book for use in job councils and rehabilitating displaced workers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most career advice books just tell you what to do and not do in the workplace. This book also addresses the internal conflicts women struggle with. This book really helped me make connections between who I am as a person and how that affects what I do in the workplace. The book teaches two things--one, how to be politically savvy and two, how to be a better person so you can have a better career. I already know how to be politically savvy but my own worries, frustrations, high expectations, and self-esteem are the problems I deal with. Her chapter on being a perfectionist hit the nail on the head. She helped me realize that love at home is supposed to be unconditional, while love at work is conditional. At work, it's based on our productivity, skills, experience, and education. The author says that admiration and acceptance at work are not necessarily approval of ME, they are approval only of what I DO. If I insist on being perfect, I'm basically teaching people to pay attention to what I do, not who I am. The book is packed with lots of insight just like this. It's nice to read career advice that delves into how women feel about their careers and about themselves.