How To Stand Up For Yourself At Work

I remember taking classes in school that taught me how to behave in an interview. You were supposed to dress your best, smile, and make no mistakes. You were expected to give clear, intelligent and polite answers. Rigid, formal interviews were meant to prepare you for how you should behave if you were actually hired.

So that’s how I behaved. I spent ten years in corporate America giving polite, fake smiles, agreeing to work late without pay, keeping quiet when I was passed over for raises, and only meekly requesting a meeting with my boss when one of my paychecks bounced. You see, if you keep your nose to the grindstone and prove that you’re a reliable worker, eventually your boss will notice and give you that promotion. That’s what we’re taught at least.

It’s all a lie.

I don’t know about you, but all I got for proving that I was a good, reliable worker was a larger workload with little to no compensation.