Smart GOals

Defining and Setting SMART Goals

The beginning of the year is a great time to set goals. If you don’t have a concrete set of goals to work towards, you’ll spend all of your time fighting fires instead of making progress on your long-term objectives. To insure your goals are achievable, you’ll need to make them SMART.

What are SMART goals?

SMART is an acronym for the characteristics of an achievable goal.


By specific, I mean precise! Your goals must be fully realized in your mind. If you aren’t totally clear on what you want your goal to be, brainstorm a list of things you’d like to accomplish in the next year. I recommend using Evernote, but a pen and paper will work too. Once you have a rough hunk of an idea, you’ll need to polish it until it’s a gemstone. Your goal shouldn’t be “grow my business,” because it’s too generic. Instead, it should be something like “grow my business 25% in three months.” We’ll iron out the time-bound and realistic aspects of goal setting later, but first, you’ll need to figure out what you specifically want to do.

Do: Make your intentions clear.

Don’t: Be afraid to make it a stretch goal (or a goal that will take serious effort to accomplish).


Have you ever heard the saying, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it?” Although there’s some criticism of this phrase, it works for goal setting. If you don’t know how your goal will be achieved, then it can’t be achieved. You won’t know once you’ve hit the stopping point. Not every goal is able to be measured numerically. For example, if you set a goal to improve your health, you may want to measure how you’re feeling on a day-to-day basis after including exercise in your routine or how well you’re sleeping at night. Don’t get too hung up on numbers, but do make sure that you can measure your success in some quantifiable way.

Do: Source your inner accountant and find out how to quantify your goal.

Don’t: Let a dollar amount drive all of your goals.


How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

Successful goals have clear actionable items, or next steps to completion. It’s pointless to set a goal that you’ll never be able to make progress on or one that’s so vague, there aren’t any obvious next steps. For example, a goal like “Feel better” doesn’t have a clear actionable associated with it. This goal could be about physical health or mental health or both. Right now, the goal as it stands is too vague to tell. If this were your goal, you should go back to the workshopping phase and make the goal more specific. However, if you knew the goal was referring to feeling better mentally, you could create some actionable next steps like booking an appointment with a therapist, meditating for five minutes each morning, or writing in a gratitude journal each evening. Once you have action items for your goal you can create To-Do lists. You should break down your action items into daily, weekly, and monthly lists. This gives you a task to do each day that brings you closer to achieving your goal.

Do: Figure out small, next steps you can take to achieve your goals.

Don’t: Attempt to do more than three things per day towards your SMART goal. You’ll burn out.


Defining realistic is difficult. You’ll want your goals to be hard to achieve, but not impossible. You don’t want to set goals that require no effort, but you also don’t want to set goals that are so easy they don’t challenge you. Keep in mind, some goals that seemed very unrealistic to one person, like disruptive technologies, were realistic for someone else. Ultimately, only you know what is a challenging, realistic goal for yourself. You should take a personal inventory before deciding on what a realistic goal is. If you have a hard time achieving your goals then start with something a little easier to build confidence and gain forward momentum. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself by creating a list of goals that could only happen in perfect circumstances. Figure out what you’ve been able to achieve easily in the past and up that goal by 10-25%. If you can easily go to the gym once a week, strive to go six times per month.

Do: Be honest with yourself and know your weaknesses and strengths.

Don’t: Be too easy or too hard on yourself. You should be proud when you achieve your goal.


Making a goal time-bound may be the most important part of setting a SMART goal. A goal without a deadline is a dream. It’s not real! It’s very easy to say, “Someday I’d like to do this,” but if you don’t set a deadline than someday will never come. Setting a deadline for your goal will motivate you even if you’re a procrastinator. Be firm with yourself, don’t push the date around or make excuses for why you couldn’t get it done on your self-imposed timeline. Treat your goal’s deadline as you would a client’s project. If you give yourself no wiggle room, you’ll find a way to complete your goal. Depending on the goal, you’ll need to determine an appropriate deadline. You’ll also want to create mini-deadlines for the Actionable items you’ve created. So, your ultimate goal may take a month to complete, but you’ll reach milestones each week.

Do: Time-block your calendar to insure that you’ll work on your goals throughout the week.

Don’t: Rely on motivation or inspiration. The people who get things done are the ones that show up and do work regardless of how they feel.

Setting SMART goals will give you better focus and allow you to precisely track your progress. If you’ve had trouble with goal setting in the past, try setting SMART goals and see what happens!

360 Degree Review

Processing Your First 360 Degree Review

Getting the results of your first 360 degree review can be stressful! You may receive more information than you wanted about your job performance and what your coworkers and managers think of you. Whether you were given praise or constructive criticism, you’ll need time to process the information you’ve received. Here’s how to do that:

How to Process Constructive Criticism

  • Silence Your Ego

Although, it’s difficult, it is imperative that you silence your ego. Your natural reaction will be denial or even anger. It can be very hard to hear criticism, no matter how constructive, or true, it is. Try to step back and pretend this information was given to you about a friend. Would you be able to assess the review objectively?

  • Apply it to Your Future Performance

If you’re given specific negative feedback, such as you need to speak up in meetings, the best thing you can do is start to implement small changes. Although it may not feel good, it is a blessing to know your weaknesses. Once you know where you are lacking, you can focus your energy into improving those areas. Everyone has weak spots and it won’t do you any good to be ignorant of yours.

How to Process Praise

  • Don’t Let it Go to Your Head

When you receive praise about your performance, take it in stride. Yes, you’ve done a great job, but don’t let it go to your head. Getting too cocky about your job performance could cause you to start coasting. Your once stellar performance becomes average or even underwhelming. Accept the praise, take a moment to gloat or share the feedback with your significant other or close friend, and then get back to work.

  • Use it to Your Advantage

The saying “strike while the iron’s hot” is apropos after you receive praise at a review. This is the perfect time to bring up a pay increase, additional job responsibilities, flexible work schedule or other perks. Build off the goodwill that you’ve created to get to the next level. Things can change on a dime and people’s attention spans are short, so ask for what you want when you can.

Regardless of what feedback you received in your first review, you can find a way to use it to further propel your career. And don’t worry, you’ll have another chance at a review before you know it.

How To Survive a Toxic Office


Toxic workplaces don’t work for anyone. They can be detrimental to morale and directly affect performance. If you are working in a toxic environment, your best option is finding another job as quickly as possible, but until you are able to secure another position, here are some tips for dealing with a toxic workplace.

Stay in Your Own Lane

There’s always one person, or group of people, who is drama-centric. They can’t help but get involved in all of the water cooler gossip. It can be easy to get wrapped up in other people’s problems and start making them your own, but this can add pointless stress to your life. It may make it difficult for you shut off “work mode” when you get home; you may even lose sleep over it! When at work, stay in your own lane-  worry about your work, your performance, and your health and well-being. It’s wonderful to sympathize with coworkers, but don’t empathize to the point where you take on their pain. It doesn’t help anyone in the long run.

No Shop Talk at Home

It may feel good to rant to your significant other or best friend about the crappy day you’ve had or the insane people you work with, but spending time dwelling on work means that even though you physically left the office, you mentally didn’t. Your evenings are yours! Don’t let work take them over, especially if it’s with something as unproductive as stressing over your work environment. Institute a ten minute venting session when you first get home and then switch to talking about something else. You’ll be happier you did.

Have a Life Outside of Work

Everyone has met someone whose life revolves around work. Having few other interests outside of your job may create an obsessive focus on your office and the problems with it. Boundaries are needed to compartmentalize your work life from the rest of your life. Find a hobby, start exercising, read, watch TV, or do something that you enjoy in your free time, so you don’t spend it thinking about a place you don’t like.

Bottom line: You are at work for 32% of your waking life. Don’t settle for working somewhere that makes you miserable.

Real Talk: Is Getting an MBA Worth It?


The Rumor: It’s Not Worth Getting an MBA if It’s From a Mid-Level Program

There are numerous articles and op-ed pieces lamenting that it’s pointless to get an MBA if it’s not from one of the top programs. This is silly and short-sighted. You shouldn’t skip college if you can’t attend an Ivy League school and you shouldn’t forgo B-School if you can’t go to a top program! Furthering your education is always a good idea, so here are five reasons why attending a mid-level program may be better than attending a top program.

1) You’ll Save Money

Top-tier programs are no joke. Are you prepared to shell out $55K/year for a highly ranked program? Mid-level programs are much more affordable at around $20K/year. You’ll learn the same material without paying premium bucks for the brand. Either way, you’ll be reading Harvard Business Review cases, but you don’t need to be at Harvard to understand them.

2) Your Program Will be Recognized by Colleagues

If the program you attend is within 50 miles of where you work and is offered by an accredited university, it will hold merit with the general populace. It may not have the same weight if you move across the country, but if you plan on staying in the area, which 37% of people do over their lifetime then you’re golden.

3) Your Employer May Pay for Your Program

Presuming you don’t live in the immediate vicinity of a top tier program, your employer will likely not foot the bill to send you across the country. However, there are quality mid-level programs in every state. Often, employers will contribute some percentage towards your program if you work full-time while attending. This allows you to save money and apply the things you learn to your position on the fly.

4) You’ll Reach Your Career Goal of Middle/Upper Management

Some people aren’t cut-out to be CEOS and, hell, some people don’t even want to be! MBAs are great for those who just want to manage on any scale. The program will give you the education to get your foot in the door and start gaining real world experience.

5) Any Program Will Give You a Better Understanding of the Business World

Any program* will give you a better understanding of the business world. Many MBA programs are accelerated, meaning that you can obtain a degree within 9-12 months depending on your undergraduate degree. A lot of information will be crammed into that year!

So, if you’re interested in going to B-School, consider a mid-level program. It may be better for your career path and your wallet!

*I cannot vouch for the quality of degrees from for profit institutions.

Book Recap: Remote: Office Not Required

view details (3)

Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

Published in 2013
256 pages


Founders of 37 Signals (now Basecamp), Fried and Hansson, highlight the pros and cons of working remotely. They suggest that most arguments against remote work are unfounded and that a wide-spread workforce will be the norm in the future. The book not only delves into the reasons why remote work benefits everyone, but also how it melds with the psychology behind people’s work habits.

Benefits for Employees and Employers

The book highlights benefits for both employees and employers which are, more often that not, synonymous.

Employees, especially those in the creative fields, will enjoy the ability to set their own hours (within reason), work without micromanagement, waste less time in meetings, suffer less “people distractions” i.e. chatty office mates stopping into their cubes, and live where ever they want. Most importantly, they will appreciate the opportunity to be evaluated based on performance, not hours spent with butts in chairs.

Employers will benefit from lower overhead costs by eliminating large office buildings, greater output from employees, unrestricted hiring of the best quality people regardless of location, and the ability to easily see who is producing versus who is good at playing office politics.

Concerns, Drawbacks, and Issues

The book does a fair job, even with a somewhat obvious bias, of pointing out the areas that could be of concern for both employees and employers.

  • Distractions/lack of production – Some employees will inevitably take advantage of working from home while others may find it hard to concentrate with family members, television, and other distractions close at hand. Remote’s retort: Even traditional workplaces have slackers, but good management is key to weeding them out.
  • Weakened company culture – Remote work could weaken a company’s culture mainly because workers would have little to no in-person interaction. Remote’s retort: Semi-annual retreats, chat rooms, and collaborative work give employees enough company culture to be happy and successful.
  • Less “bursts of genius”/brainstorming sessions/hashing things out – Another problem with less in-person meetings is that the magic that happens when coworkers collaborate during strategic planning sessions disappears. Employees can’t hash things out until they come up with a great idea. Remote’s retort: Most meetings are not productive and the less often people come together, the more they will value their shared time and use it to its fullest advantage.

Read this book if:

  • You’re interested in working remotely
  • You want to convince your employer to allow you to work remotely
  • You currently work from home and want tips on work/life balance and improving your experience

Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting A Business: Part 1


So, you have a great idea, product, or service to offer the world and you want to start your own business? Fabulous! There’s a lot of technical and logistical issues that you will encounter as you begin your new venture, but first things first, are you ready to start your own business?

Check out my five part series on the questions you need to ask yourself before deciding to start your own business.

1) Do you want to be an employee or an entrepreneur?

The first question you need to ask yourself is whether you want to be an employee or an entrepreneur. This question seems painfully obvious and most people will answer “entrepreneur!” without hesitation. However, you will need to dig deep to discover whether you really want all of the responsibility and stress that comes with running your own business.

Your Work Ethic

There are many perks to running your own business including setting your own hours and choosing what type and amount of work you do. However, there are many downsides as well. In a survey of 10 entrepreneurs, all worked more than 50 hours per week and many worked up to 70 per week (source). That’s a lot more than your standard 9-5! If you enjoy hanging up your hat at the end of the day and putting work totally out of your mind, you want to be an employee, not a entrepreneur.

Entrepreneurs make sacrifices in their personal lives in order to make their businesses succeed. As with most things, it gets easier and less time consuming to run your own business the longer you are doing it, but the first years can be the most difficult. Over 40% of small business fail within two years (source). Can your personal relationships handle the stress of potential failure? If you don’t think so, you may want to stick with being an employee.

How do you feel about living on less? You might have to get used to it if you become an entrepreneur. It may take up to two years, after starting your business, before you can pay yourself a salary (source). Can you afford to work that long without pay? Would you even want to? If you’re dedicated to your business, is it possible to start it as a side hustle while working a full-time job? If you don’t have the energy to work on your side project at the end of a long day, you may not care that much about it or you may not have the work ethic that being an entrepreneur requires.

Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

When running your own business, you will ultimately be in charge of all day-to-day operations. You can hire someone to handle administrative issues such as bookkeeping and tax preparation, but that may not be feasible until you start getting customers. Any amount of business sense will be a boon to an entrepenuer, but the most important skills in determning whether you are suited to be an employee or an entrepenuer are critical thinking and problem solving.

While working for someone else, is your natural inclination to take problems or solutions to your supervisor? If you take problems to your supervisor and expect him or her to decide how to handle it than you may be better suited to be an employee. With the empowerment that running your own business brings, you may become more comfortable with problem solving, but it may not come easily. A person who is naturally inclined to brainstorm solutions before asking their boss for help would do better on their own.

Assuming that you don’t have a business partner, you are going to be your own main resource for problem solving and critical thinking. You’ll need to be a fount of knowledge and ideas. Thankfully, there are thousands of resources at your disposal specific to whatever type of business you want to start. You will need the motivation to look for resources that can help you and the critical thinking skills to put what you learn into practice and modify advice to apply to your situation.

Stay tuned for Part 2- Is There A Market for Your Business?

Understanding and Changing the Gender Bias at Harvard Business School

Did you know that the full-time Harvard MBA program began accepting female applicants only 50 years ago? Women have a lot of ground to make up in this notoriously male-dominated school. To even the playing field, HBS is trying to change their culture.

HBS’ Male-Dominated Culture

Women who start school with the same test scores and grades as their male peers often fall behind.



Class participation makes up 50% of the grading criteria and women are having a hard time participating in class discussions. The weighted importance of discussion creates an ultra-competitive culture where the loudest and most aggressive students win praise from their professors and admiration from their peers. These model students are predominantly male. Researches found that female students often took longer than male students to collect their thoughts and deliver a response. Male students tended to respond more quickly and assertively and often didn’t raise their hands before speaking.

Time for a Gender Makeover

HBS doesn’t just have a problem with gender bias among the student population. The school has also had a difficult time retaining female professors. From 2006-2007, one third of the female junior faculty resigned. A new dean, Nitin Nohria, was asked to address the gender disparity.  He did so by instituting hand-raising seminars, placing stenographers in classrooms, and providing detailed teaching critiques to female professors after every class. These measures were criticized for not resembling the business world that women would enter after graduating.

Something Needs to Change

While we still live in a world where women represent only 4.2% of CEOs, it is obvious that something needs to be done to change the culture of both business schools and the corporations. HBS’ culture shift is teaching students to identify and alter their biases and enter the business world with an open mind. Education for future leaders is the key to creating an equally balanced workforce in our lifetimes.

Book Recap: What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings–and Life by Laura Vanderkam

Published in 2012
32 pages


After researching the lives of successful people, Laura Vanderkam found one striking commonality- the early bird gets the worm! Successful people tend to wake up earlier than the average person, often rising before 6:00 a.m. They spend the early morning hours doing life-enriching activities that fall into the four categories below.

Healthy Pursuits

Healthy pursuits include early morning exercise and healthy eating. Vanderkam suggests choosing an exercise routine that best fits your life and motivation style. If you need accountability, you may want to hire a personal trainer to meet you at the gym in the morning to insure you’ll follow through with your commitment. If you are motivated by competition, you could join a running group or a swim club.

Strategic Career Planning

How much time do you dedicate to planning your career? Brainstorming your career path is important, but not urgent, so it usually falls to the bottom of a long to-do list. Many successful people spend an hour each morning envisioning and planning their next big idea. If exercising in the morning is not appealing to you, perhaps intense concentration on your career aspirations is a better use of your time.

Spiritual Contemplation

Prayer, meditation, deep breathing, and other relaxation techniques help center some professionals before starting their busy day. Some people choose to read religious texts while others journal their feelings and dreams. These activities can calm a busy mind and help you focus on the tasks at hand. If you check your email before getting out of bed, you may benefit from some technology-free quiet time before you start your day.

Quality Time With the Family

At the end of the day, professionals feel like they can’t give their best to their families because they are exhausted and stressed. Instead of trying to force a family dinner around hectic schedules, you could make a family breakfast routine. Spending quality time together doesn’t have to be limited to evening hours.

Mornings are YOUR time. Spend them how you prefer.

Just like the idea of paying yourself first to save money, you should spend your mornings in the way that gives you the greatest benefit. Creating a routine can be difficult,  but ultimately allows you to be happier and more productive.



Dressing for Success in Your 20s

After college, you may not want to part with your yoga pants and t-shirts… and you don’t have to! But, you shouldn’t wear them to work.

So, what should you wear?

In your 20s, you’re still building a professional wardrobe. In work places with a business casual dress code, minor faux pas will be overlooked. This is not the case in all companies or for all job functions. These ten essential clothing items work for any office and can transition from formal to casual with the right accessories.

10 Essential Clothing Items for Your Office Wardrobe

Check out photos of the items mentioned on Candlelit’s Pinterest page.
1.  A black pencil skirt
  • The fit: The skirt should hit you right at the top of your kneecaps and fit snugly, but not be tight or clingy.
  • Why buy? A black pencil skirt will complement any top and can be dressed up or down depending on the accessories and other pieces.
2. A black blazer
  • The fit: The sleeves of the blazer should cover the top of your wrist bones when your arms are stretched out in front of your body. The jacket should not pull across the shoulders or chest, and should button with ease.
  • Why buy? You can pair the blazer with the pencil skirt to create a “suit” for job interviews and more formal business events. You may not want to shill out for a real suit, which can be several hundred dollars, at this point in your career.
3. A white button-down, collared shirt
  • The fit: Much like the blazer, the shirt should just cover your wrist bones when your arms are stretched out in front of you. The buttons should not pull across your chest; if they pull, you need to size up.
  • Why buy? Pairing the shirt with the two previous items (blazer and pencil skirt) creates a basic suit. White goes with everything and button-down collared shirts give everyone a crisp, fresh look.
4. Black or dark grey dress pants
  • The fit: The pants should be tailored to graze the the tops of your shoes. Although the same pair of pants can work with heels or flats, it is best to have two pairs – one for heels and one for flats. The pants should fit nicely, but not hug your curves like jeans. The cut is up to you- bootleg, skinny, wide leg, whatever you feel comfortable with.
  • Why buy? Dress pants are an alternative to the pencil skirt for days when you don’t feel like wearing a skirt, have meetings in a cold conference room, or need a greater range of mobility. You can pair them with the blazer and top to create another “suit.”
5. Basic black dress
  • The fit: Knee-length and fitted. You can choose long sleeves, three-quarter length sleeves, or sleeveless. This piece can easily be dressed formal or informal with the right accessories- colored nylons, patterned shoes, belts, scarves, or statement jewelry.
  • Why buy? Every woman needs an office appropriate LBD (Little Black Dress). It exudes an effortless vibe of sophistication and can transition from work to Happy Hour with ease.
6. A colorful cardigan
  • The fit: Depending on the sleeve length, the cuff may hit anywhere from above the elbow, mid-forearm, or to the wrist bones. Make sure the cardigan can button properly across your chest without pulling.
  • Why buy? A fun wardrobe addition like a colorful cardigan can add flair and create outfits from the previously mentioned neutral pieces. This piece can express your personality. Do you like neon colors? Polka dots? Stripes? As long as the piece fits well and you pair it with a neutral, anything’s possible.
7. A trench coat or leather jacket
  • The Fit: Be sure you can comfortably wear shirts and sweaters underneath the coat as it will transition from fall and early winter to spring. Follow blazer fit guidelines.
  • Why buy? The first thing your coworkers see when you walk into the office in the morning is your jacket. A great jacket means you’ll always look pulled together no matter the situation – running errands at 5 a.m., coming back from the gym at 10:00 p.m. – doesn’t matter, you’ll look great. A trench coat or leather jacket can be worn 6-9 months of the year depending on where you live.
8. A jewel tone top
  • The Fit: A flattering blouse fit for your body shape. The style is up to you, there are professional tops in many varieties.
  • Why Buy? Jewel tones look good on everyone. The rich colors complement all skin tones and look more expensive than pastels or neutrals. Along with the cardigan, the jewel tone top can add a pop of color to your wardrobe that you can pair with any neutral or, perhaps, your colorful cardigan.
9. A great pair of dark wash jeans
  • The Fit: A cut that flares away from your body at the largest point. The jeans should be dark wash with absolutely no embellishments, whiskering, or distressing. Plain denim can function as a neutral.
  • Why Buy? If your workplace has casual Fridays or special jean days, you want to participate while still looking stylish and mature. Light wash, distressed, and embellished jeans will make you look like you’re still an undergrad.
10. Statement jewelry
  • The Fit: Noticeable, but not overpowering for your stature. Statement jewelry can be a necklace, bracelet, watch, or even rings.
  • Why Buy? You’re young and big jewelry is fun! A statement piece can add intrigue to an otherwise boring outfit. It’s also a conversation starter. People notice statement jewelry and usually have positive reactions to it.

As your career progresses, you will continue to add more pieces and build your wardrobe. Remember to keep a sense of your own personal style. Fashion should be enjoyable and office wear is no exception.

The Top 5 Takeaways from Elle’s 2013 Power Survey

Do you think you’re scrutinized more harshly than your male coworkers?

Maybe you are!

Half of men and two-thirds of women think women are scrutinized more harshly than men in the workplace.

This revelation was one of many shocking stats revealed in the results of Elle’s recent workplace survey. 

Here are the five top takeaways (for all workers) from the 2013 Power Survey.

Takeaway #1: Entry-level employees need to speak up

Only one third of entry-level employees regularly voiced their opinions in meetings. Being green doesn’t mean that that you don’t have something valuable to say. Be respectful of the 75% of executives that regularly speak up, but don’t be afraid to share your insights and fresh ideas. The only way to get noticed is to actively engage.

Takeaway #2: Ask and you shall receive (a raise!)

A shocking 53% of women have never asked for a raise! But there’s good news for those who gather their courage and request a salary bump. Over 89% of male and female employees who negotiated a higher starting salary were successful. Click here for tips on how to prepare for negotiating your first job offer.

Takeaway #3: Working mothers feel unappreciated

The U.S. is one of only eight countries that does not have government mandated paid maternity leave forcing many working mothers to take unpaid leave. After the child is born, 61% of mothers says that employers are not sympathetic to their work/life balance. Most mothers (86%) are not given lighter workloads by their bosses after having children. Not surprisingly, many women don’t want to be working; 48% state they’d stay home if their family could afford it. Employers that show consideration for working mothers’ needs will create better employee engagement and higher levels of job fulfillment.

Takeaway #4: Both men and women have little confidence in women’s leadership abilities

Men and women both doubted a woman’s ability to lead, citing lack of toughness (35% of men, 31% of women) as one of the reasons women don’t occupy top jobs. Another popular concern was family life consuming too much time (51% of women, 46% of men). Discrimination only accounted for 55% of women’s votes and 33% of men’s. Changing the face of leadership will take time, but many women are already regarded as strong leaders because of their empathy, flexibility, and interpersonal skills.

Takeaway #5: The wage gap, stereotypes, and workplace discrimination are real and prevalent

The wage gap persists with women earning $.77 for every dollar a man earns. 30% of women surveyed said they would earn more money if they were male and 20% of males said they would earn less as females. As much as 40% of the current wage gap is unexplained, so, do your research, and ask for that raise already!

Results on stereotypes in the workplace were positive, if patronizing, towards women and critical towards men. Women were described as compassionate 33% more often than men and other common descriptors including polite (13%) , patient (12%), and hardworking (8%). On the other hand, men were described with more negative terms like aggressive (127%), lazy (233%), and impatient (88%). Call out gender stereotypes in the workplace. Use adjectives to describe personality, not gender, traits.

A disturbing 28% of women have been discriminated against in the workplace. But it doesn’t get any better with more power. The higher the woman’s job position, the more sexism she experiences (45 times more!). If you feel you are being discriminated against, talk to your manager or Human Resources.