An article in Success Magazine, “Women: Know Your Worth in the Workplace” the writer Minda Honey writes about how being the best she can be has helped her become who she is right now. She states, “The moment I stopped settling for less gave me the greatest freedom of my life.” “Many times we go through jobs and different occupations assuming that since we are women, it’s only natural that we take what we get. This is the wrong way to go about any situation. Being of a different gender doesn’t separate you from the fact that you deserve equality over everything in every aspect. Many times leaders at jobs will try to tell you to tone it down if you’re doing excellent because they know ‘raise’ will be asked for. In this growing time, don’t ever undervalue yourself or your skills. At Haywire Inc., we believe that each individual, regardless of gender, brings something significant to the table. We value every aspect of it,” says Danielle Hay, managing director of Haywire Inc.
Honey says, “In less than two months I was told I was the best writer they had on staff, selected over more experienced team members to train a new hire. I had ideas, and I was there whenever my boss needed me. But when I asked about the raise during my review, my boss seemed taken aback. I wasn’t asking for anything more than was promised, but it was as if he was offended I’d even mentioned it. I didn’t know what to do. If he’d simply said I hadn’t earned it, I could work harder. But it was clear I was worthy of a raise, he just didn’t think it was my place to bring it to his attention. I’ve always been an achiever, someone who constantly strives to be greater at their work, but now it was as if I was being told to shrink myself.” “This is the moment where a decision needs to be made. This happens on numerous occasions with many women in workplaces. But what separates strong ones is their ability to realize their worth,” says Danielle Hay of Haywire Inc.
“In this article, Honey writes ‘But before you can, you must believe you can. Sit down and make a list of your valuable skills. Get together with your friends and honestly evaluate each other’s résumés. Reach out to your mentors and ask for an appraisal. If there are weak spots in your résumé, take classes or teach yourself the skills you need to increase your value and network with other women who can help you move forward in your career.’ We found this statement to be incredibly helpful, as well as powerful. Reaching your fullest potential should be the goal and never underestimate the abilities that make you great,” says Danielle Hay of Haywire Inc.