Office Etiquette: How to Survive in an Office Full of Men

Office Etiquette: How to Survive in an Office Full of Men

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Anna Runyan

Anna is the founder of Classy Career Girl, named by Forbes as one of the top 35 most influential career sites of 2014. She helps millions of women design and launch their dream careers, businesses and lives through her website, online courses and social media channels.

Comments (4)

amiee - March 29, 2016

Thank you so much for posting this! I am the only woman in my office and I agree with calling it a “frat house”. Everything you mentioned above does happen including coming to terms with being a lady. I am struggling with holding on to my girly girl and still being one of the guys. Its a tough line. There are many double standards. Many f bombs are dropped among other words but if I let one slip all goes quiet, whoops. I still do not get lunch invites, and don’t really have an office bestie, that’s a really tough one which leaves me thinking this isn’t for me many days. But, being the only woman , and doing it well, does in fact earn me a lot of respect in our industry.

Elena - February 25, 2017

Yes’m, I am the only woman and over 50, that works in a small unit of a federal agency. There are absolutely no boundaries or ethics. It has led me to depression and very low self esteem. How do I deal with that? The Union and equal employment office are useless.

Monica - April 6, 2017

I am the only female in my Cyber security unit with the State Guard. Sometimes I feel like I get push around or talk down to. I do stand my ground, even though sometimes I talk out of line. If I didn’t they would run all over me. I do agree it is like a Frat House. Working with men can be stressful at times. Ugh…


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