Political ‘savvy’ needed to break the glass ceiling

With many obstacles preventing women in business from climbing the career ladder, female professionals need to develop their ability to understand and deal with workplace politics. That was the message from the recent W-Tech event held by womenintechnology.co.uk.

In a workshop ran by Michelle Brailsford from Jupiter Consulting Group, attendees learned how to identify whether they were politically savvy and how they could develop their skills to become more of a ‘political animal’. Tips were given on areas such as networking, mentoring and self-promotion.

“A survey that we undertook last year showed that 77% of female technologists didn’t feel that they had the sufficient skills to manage politics effectively in the office – with over half saying they’d been a victim of sabotage or labelling” says Maggie Berry, Director of womenintechnology.co.uk. “Those are some high percentages and it’s clearly an issue that many women struggle with at work. Michelle’s workshop at W-Tech was therefore a great success and gave delegates some really useful food for thought on how they can make themselves heard and crack that glass ceiling.”

For those that would like more information on the workshop, womenintechnology and Michelle have produced a white paper entitled ‘are you politically savvy?’ which gives some useful advice on the subject. For your free copy please visit www.womenintechnology.co.uk/white-papers.


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