There are seven things you can do to undermine yourself at the office.
1.) Crying during meetings. I think it’s about time we realized that no matter how bad a performance review or brutal a boss, it’s never worth smudging our eye makeup. Plus it freaks people out.
2.) Keeping candy on your desk. It doesn’t need to be your responsibility to ensure that everybody in the office is sugared up. And this one is for men, too. Unless it’s Halloween.
3.) Divulging too much information. A hard stop is a hard stop. No need to explain if it’s for your hair or your kids. You never hear men say they have to be out at 5 p.m. for the fantasy baseball championships.
4.) Worrying too much about what people think. If you need to make someone stay late, or tell them their work was appalling, go for it. Don’t worry about them thinking you’re a bitch. Chances are, if you’re a manager, they will anyway, because that’s currently the most common profile associated with powerful women, and that’s not something you can tackle today.
5.) Constantly apologizing. Whether it’s for a mistake, or for not knowing something that you should, resist the urge to act like your behavior needs to be forgiven. You’re at the job because you’re competent. So get over it and move on.
6.) Dressing like a tart -- or like a man. Somewhere between a corset and a boxy gray suit lies your perfect professional get-up. Maintain your personality, but try not to draw more attention to your wardrobe than to your brains.
7.) Forgetting to take the credit. This is definitely something women can learn from men. Giving credit where it is due is a critical skill in the professional world, but attributing credit to anything other than themselves is something that women can stand to do less of.