In the workplace, the typical stereotype is that men possess an inherent advantage over women when it comes to display of dominance, due to their taller physique and physical strength. The situation is magnified if you are a short/petite woman. Studies have shown that it is more common for petite women to be undermined at work compared to tall women. What’s more, the US studies have demonstrated that there is a direct correlation between height and salary in the case of both men and women, with taller people earning more than short people.
Are you a petite woman facing the struggle to be taken seriously at work? Well, here's how you can establish a stronger presence in the workplace by following these effective on-the-job strategies:
Just do your job better than anyone else and get recognised on merit. This advice might seem obvious, but many people are likely to spend more time taking care of personal and professional relationships, basically chatting rather than working. It's a good idea not to be part of that club.
Be proactive and take initiatives. Don’t wait for someone else to start.
Don’t fight change; rather embrace it. In this case, you will be considered a more valuable employee. Adapting quickly to the changing work environment, eagerness to learn, and flexibility will certainly earn you your boss’ gratitude.
Work on your posture. Instead of slouching stand tall and sit up straight. Good posture makes your presence felt strongly. Besides, shake hands firmly instead of just offering your hand for a handshake.
Speak slowly and clearly. When there are jokes cut about your petite figure, counter them with humor and slowly move the conversation to some other topic.
Look like a woman not a girl; avoid wearing oversized clothing or accessories that a teenager or a child may choose to wear. Even the way you tie your ponytail affects how old you look; a volumised tousled ponytail transforms you to chic adult compared to a flat high ponytail.
Never be hesitant or afraid to display some individual flare if it really is in good taste. It will make people notice you and you are sure to receive some positive attention.
The Color Power
Powerful women choose to wear colors that are linked with power; so, the following colors can provide a petite woman the boost she needs even without the makeup or high heels she may pick to wear to make herself appear more visible.
The top power colors ideal for petite women include:
Black – It is a serious color and shows you mean business.
Charcoal – If you are fair complexioned, a very dark gray works better than black!
Navy – Find a timeless wear-to-work navy hue that suits you best.
Red – Red helps you get noticed. Being a strong color, it is a symbol of confidence.
Purple – The color worn only by royal people for decades; therefore, it has a specific caché.
Cobalt blue – This color is an attention-grabber as well as a show of loyalty– an aspect every employer appreciates.
Conversely, it is ideal that you avoid wearing colors that look like hues worn by little girls, such as pastel and pink tones unless they are structured pieces that show off your womanly figure. A petite woman does look pretty in pink; still, the girlish association doesn’t help to build status in the workplace. Therefore, save the pretty pink for occasions other than work.