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How to break through a glass ceiling at work

A glass ceiling in the workplace isn't something you can actually see. Instead, it's the invisible and difficult-to-break-down barrier that keeps individuals, such as women and minorities, from rising through the ranks of the corporate ladder.

Despite the proper qualifications, workers stuck beneath the glass ceiling find it difficult, if not impossible, to receive a promotion. Instead, these jobs are often given to co-workers with fewer qualifications and/or achievements.

While there is no right or wrong way to break through a glass ceiling at work, there are some tips you can follow:

  • Ask for feedback: Rather than let a glass ceiling hold you down, ask your direct supervisor or company owner for feedback regarding advancement opportunities. Not only does this allow you to receive valuable insight, but it also shows your company that you're aware of the fact that you're being held back.
  • Understand gender discrimination: There is more than one form of gender discrimination in the workplace. Understanding each type will position you to overcome your challenges, while also protecting your legal rights in Missouri. For example, as a woman, you may find that there are men in your company doing their best to hold you back. Just the same, other women, those who don't want competition at the top, could be acting in a similar manner.
  • Remain confident: It's a challenge to maintain a high level of confidence when you're stuck beneath a glass ceiling. Consequently, it makes it a challenge to ever meet your goal of moving up. And even if you earn a spot at the top of your company, it's easy to believe that you don't belong. Confidence is key to your career growth.

There's nothing more frustrating as a qualified employee than continually bumping your head against a glass ceiling. No matter how hard you try, you feel that you'll never move up the ranks of your organization.

But here's the good thing: A glass ceiling isn't something that has to hold you back your entire career. With the right approach, including knowledge of how to position yourself, you can work past this.

If you feel that you've been the victim of workplace discrimination, collect evidence and learn more about your legal rights for taking action against your employer.

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