Mansplaining is a modern term
referring to men telling others how certain things are done, especially towards
women. It’s ironic since the information explained is something women already
know, and are probably in a better position to talk about. It’s common in
companies where most people in power are men. They call the shots while women
do the hard work. Worse, some women don’t even have a seat on the table.
Therefore, if you want to institute changes, you should consider policies that
female employees. It’s a no-brainer. Most of them are the backbone of the
company, and they deserve better. The only issue is that some male employees
might think that the changes favor women, and are unfair to them. Hence,
ironically, they need “mansplaining”.
The truth is that the changes aren’t
necessarily done to put
women at an advantage. The goal is to give them what they deserve. For
instance, offering them a voice during meetings isn’t unfair. It should have
happened a long time ago. Protecting them from male employees who request for
sexual advances is also a good thing. It’s not about placing men in a negative
light. Those who aren’t guilty of doing these acts have nothing to worry about.
The idea is to protect the most vulnerable employees, and make them feel more
comfortable at work.
Women deserve better
In many organizations, women aren’t
given what they deserve. They always take the heavy lifting but don’t get
anything in return. They also worry all the time since they don’t want to go
beyond where they should be and fear potential repercussions. Worse, some of
them don’t aspire for anything big. They settle for whatever post they have since
it might be against their interest to ask for more. They shouldn’t feel that
way in any organization, and changes need to happen. If men feel uncomfortable
with it, they really need someone to explain to them these changes.
It’s for the team
Ultimately, the goal is to have a
safer and more
comfortable work environment for everyone. You want your team to feel safe
whenever they’re in the office, or even beyond work hours. You don’t want any
employee feeling like they don’t get respect from colleagues. Even if you
believe there’s nothing wrong going on, you don’t know what’s happening when
you’re not around. The line should be clear, and everyone should understand it.
Hopefully, you can make these changes
and everyone will understand. It won’t be easy at first. It will even be met
with resistance from other men on top. However, you have to do what’s right for
your team. Men will eventually understand. They’re fathers, husbands, and sons
too. They know how it feels like to have a beloved woman. They have plenty in
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