By Tafadzwa HR
Women are fundamental in the way an organization and the economy work and grow. They have some skills and talent that lack in men hence we acknowledge the role they have, are and shall always play. In this article, we will talk about how I as a man appreciate women bosses, the challenges they face, the respect they have earned and most of all the great work they do.
In my years in the working field since 2014, I have been in 5 institutions and in 3 of them I had female superiors and co-workers who dominated the institutions. These ladies were always hardworking and showed me how teamwork is done. It was during my time in these institutions I learned a lot besides teamwork, I understood the value of time, an organisation in my work stuff and a level of professionalism in the workplace. All this I learned from ladies and it’s a great thing that I appreciate attaining from ladies. The one thing that I liked was that they were accommodating and supportive of the path I was taking. This is why I say that this women’s month I appreciate and acknowledge women in the working space as they make great contributions towards our economy and workspace.
Women to get to the top is not an easy task, to be honest. Something which I observed with time is that if you work with a female as a co-worker few men respect that and they find ways of sabotaging the female’s progress. They are few men who actually do work well with women and do not have any conflict as they are doing organizational business. Some are being bullied, made to feel insecure and being a disregard of any personal achievements is a common aspect that women face daily. As fellow employees or employers, we should sit down and support each other as we move forward. The challenges women face are not only from that but it also elevates to how they appear and dress in the workspace which is a long-standing debate. I have seen and noticed the high levels of misinterpretations when it comes to that area and it has led to several sexual harassment in the workspace and a level of uncomfortableness to women.
The above situations occur from both the male and female side but they differ, to be honest. In most economic sectors in Zimbabwe, 75% are male-dominated at top management posts and women occupy the 25% left. Please note these are old statistics which could have changed by now so we will work with what is on record. None the less, at times, women do the whole Ph.D. upon each other and it creates conflicts. The definition of a Ph.D. in this case is Pull her DOWN syndrome which is crazy. It can be said and insinuated that women themselves are the biggest obstacle to their own progressive structure. I have seen it in the workspace and noticed how women bad mouth each other and gossip, this is not in all cases but it does happen. They are some women who rise to the top through conflicts and this is a common feature, to be honest. In my view, they are women who are good in conflict situations and this makes them rise above others through that as they intimidate others.
In my view women have earned the status they have in the workspace, especially those who have risen to high posts. Many people think women have to be backbones of families and they are not meant at the top. I have heard many statements, “Why she not married?” “Do you not know she sleeps with the boss” “Ahhh she is the girlfriend of that businessman” These women do not deserve such ill-treatment because they would have worked hard to attain those posts and positions they have. In society we are living in many people are intimidated if they see a successful woman rising. It’s crazy that men, in particular, feel threatened by women who have risen in the workspace but most of all have earned what they have done. It is unfair in my view to troll such women, yes they may have flaws, we all do aren’t we human though. This doesn’t give anyone the right to say a woman who would not have earned her place, she would have done the sweat blood and tears as the way a man does.
The last issue that I would like to share is that all working ladies are doing a good job. To get where you currently are is not through nepotism but by your hard work and persistence paid off. They are challenges that you faced and obstacles that blocked you, however, you went through them and overcame them is something I personally respect. In conclusion, the women we see in our workspace must be respected, acknowledged and supported because getting to that level has not been easy for them.
Happy Women’s month ladies, we thank you for all that you do and have done for the business sector.
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