As a female in a male-dominated career field, I find it astonishing the lack of female support there is, specifically from the senior staff and supervisory level. I’m trying to understand where the tension comes from in the workplace. Just simply, where is the love amongst fellow female officers? Quite often it feels that I’m back in college and there is a certain level of hazing that takes place, But why?
It’s exciting to see a woman in a supervisory position because it is so rare. You usually can find one or maybe two if you are lucky. It’s encouraging and it’s a powerful but silent statement to fellow male counterparts; that women can also hold their own.
In this rarity of female hierarchy, I look for mentoring, support and encouragement. But you are often faced with the harshest critics and the never-ending notion of constantly proving yourself. All eyes are already on you because you are a female and then from other females constantly being told: “Hey Figure it Out…”
Is there not enough room for a group of competent women, does there have to be only one HBIC. Ok, let’s try a different approach that will end with the same results. Build and uplift and less of, throw you out to the wolves and see what happens.
How To Improve Work Relationships
Mentorship: If you see someone having a hard time, is it too hard to help? Of course, everyone has it hard when they first started out and had to learn on their own. But when does this cycle of “figure it out on your own kid” STOP. To teach/train someone breeds confidence and all compliments to the teacher.A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future, and believe it can be obtained. -Shawn Hitchcock
Support Team: It would great for the females in the workplace to have more of a support group than a competitive attitude. The Haves and the have-not’s mentality isn’t productive and leads to more tension in the workplace.
Encouragement: More encouragement to make advancements in the workplace. Some people aren’t aware of the different opportunities that are available within the department. If you see someone as a good fit, or you think they will excel in that department, encourage them to apply. Don’t keep people down because you yourself can’t move up. Always encourage people don’t be a “hater”.
Most men that come into this line of work have had Fathers or brothers ahead of them to show them how to succeed and what to expect. As women there aren’t too many ahead of us, for this reason only, we should continue to embrace those before us. But I hope these women will allow our questions and provide us with their knowledge in order to create a network of sisterhood amongst the sea of blue.
Have you faced any challenges in the workplace from other female staff? How did you rise above challenge?