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Equal Pay Day falls on April 14, 2015, this year and there is no better way to celebrate than to start asking for what you want in the workplace. That includes expressing your opinion regarding pay and other important issues.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women working full time only make about 78 percent of what their male counterparts earn. In fact, on average, women only make 78 cents to a man’s dollar.
If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to voicing your opinion at work, especially regarding any pay gap issues, there are a few tips to keep in mind:
1) Exercise caution when expression your opinion, but don’t make the mistake of keeping silent. According to The Nest, a digital magazine, if you always withhold your opinion at work, there is not enough information available for your boss and co-workers to completely understand the work situation for all workers.
For example, if a supervisor makes a decision regarding work hours, and several employees are displeased but don’t speak up, the supervisor has no way of knowing that changes need to be made.
2) Provide constructive feedback in private to reduce resistance to your ideas. Feedback is necessary in order to improve the process at work, but it’s better to share this alternative opinion in private in order to avoid any defensive reactions, according to The Houston Chronicle.
3) Speaking up at work can move your career forward. In fact, you may be able to advance more quickly in your profession if you vocalize your opinions in the correct way, Forbes said.
This includes challenging current conditions, encouraging new ideas, and inspiring others to speak up. You may also earn the trust and respect of others through a balanced viewpoint.
4) Make sure that when you do speak up at work, your opinion is focused on the most important of topic. Talk about whether a new process is effective, rather than giving a negative opinion on something that really doesn’t matter, like the food served at the company picnic, according to The Nest.