1) Don’t Take Anything Personally
More than half of the things people say while they are stressed out, they don’t mean, and I certainly cannot think of many jobs that don’t create some kind of stress at some point in the day. With that being said, men are known to be not emotional creatures, very blunt, and straightforward in some cases.
Working in an all-male office requires a bit of backbone and a thick skin, so don’t let the robotic-like men get to you, they usually don’t mean the things they say and do.
So if the man in the cubicle next to you didn’t say hello to you this morning while you saw him getting coffee, do not take it personally.
2) Be Yourself
3) Dress Conservatively
All women’s bodies, regardless of shape or size, are very beautiful, so dressing conservatively when working in an all-male office is important because you don’t want your co-workers to focus on you more than they probably already do.
Think business casual but shoot for an extra size up if you are a bustier woman, and avoid short skirts or dresses.
Avoiding skimpy clothing is crucial not just because they are inappropriate for the office, but because you don’t want to attract any unwanted attention.
Even more importantly, you want your co-workers, and especially your bosses, to focus on what you have to say and do, not how low your cleavage is or how sexy your hair is.
If you’re confused, don’t be afraid to speak up and get the answers that you need. In general, it’s better to ask a question and maybe reveal that you don’t know everything in the world than to waste 5 hours on a problem that isn’t even your fault (trust me, from experience).
5) Get Yourself a Mentor
Basically, as long as you can do the job and do it well and are friendly to approach and willing to mix, you should find that, in this day and age, being a woman working in a so-called ‘man’s world’ presents few problems, if any.
After all, you’ve been hired upon merit – not gender and whether you go to the pub or not will have no bearing on how you do your job or on the way your male colleagues interact with you.