Successful businesswomen celebrate a win at work.

I recently took to TikTok to ask women what changes they want, and need, in the workplace to feel more empowered in their roles.

It's obvious from some of these responses that we still have a long ways to go in making the workplace better for everyone.


Addressing The Gender Pay Gap

@j.t.odonnell

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"I want to get paid the same as my male colleagues who do the same job."

"Equal pay and not being judged for having small children."

These responses are so frustrating because these women aren't asking for much! Unfortunately the gender pay gap is very real.

The median salary for men is almost 20% higher than the median salary for women, according to recent statistics. However, this statistic is only a small piece of this complex issue.

The best advice that I can give to women is to always know your worth. Ultimately, companies want to know how you're going to save or make them money. If you have a strong case to make about how valuable you are, don't be afraid to make it.

Stand firm!

Here are some additional things to keep in mind when negotiating salary or a raise.

Respect In The Workplace

@j.t.odonnell

Reply to @kellyamma WHEN YOUR COLLEAGUE TALKS OVER YOU...

"I'd like not to be talked over and dismissed in meetings by my male colleagues."

"To be acknowledged just like my male colleagues and not have to repeat myself three times vs them being heard the first time they speak."

Once again, it's mindboggling that women still have to deal with this in the workplace. If you're ever interrupted by a male colleague, don't allow it! Interrupt them right back, and finish your idea.

If you work somewhere that consistently allows this to happen, then you need to ask yourself some honest questions about your job.

Many companies advertise being a "we-first" culture where every person and idea is valued equally. The difference between an incredible company and just another company is that incredible companies practice what they preach. If your company isn't willing to stand by these ideals, then it may be time to consider a change.

The Battle Rages On

"Not being overlooked for a position because you have kids."

"Stop structuring the workplace for men to succeed and women to fail. I hate having to choose between career and family."

"More women in leadership positions."

Women make up almost half of the workforce. Company leadership and workplace policies and benefits should reflect that. Many companies have stepped up over the years to improve their family leave and schedule flexibility policies, but there's still a long ways to go.

So, where do we start?

Join myself and Stacey Lewis of HR Interrupted to discuss "How Women Can Claim Their Seat In The Workforce" during a special episode of JT Talks Jobs on Thursday, March 11 at 12 p.m. (EST).


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