The awkwardness, I’m afraid, has become a recurring theme in my life.
It starts with me being at work with a bunch of colleagues who are very polite, very professional, but also very awkward and self-conscious.
I have to be careful when we’re talking to each other about our colleagues.
I’m just not sure how to say ‘hi’ and ‘hello’ in an elevator.
And my colleagues are just really, really awkward.
And I feel like I’m going to have to tell them something.
They all have their own unique set of expectations for each other.
They’re like ‘you should know that this is not OK.’
I have to remind them of that.
It’s not like I can just say ‘no’ to them and they’ll forget that I’m there.
And they just end up being really uncomfortable.
They start to feel like they’re not really important to the company, which they don’t really want.
I have this idea that the only way that you can make a company feel more important is to have them feel like important.
But I feel that the awkward way to do that is to treat them as a class act, not just the way they’re treated.
I’ve had a lot of conversations with women at work who say, ‘I can’t work with you anymore.
You’re so disrespectful to me, I can’t do this.’
It just goes to show that the people who work at your company don’t think that women should feel like a class.
They think that we’re not worth it, and it’s a problem that women in this industry are supposed to solve.
So, how do you deal with that?
First, you need to find a way to make the person who is the class act feel important.
You have to get them to think of you as a human being.
It needs to feel real.
You don’t need to pretend.
And, secondly, you have to make sure that your team members have a sense of what it means to be a class, because that is what makes it fun for everyone.
You can’t just treat people like class act workers.
You need to treat everyone like class.
It can’t be a joke.
If it’s something that you want people to be like, then you have have to start doing it.