It’s all over the place, this girl-on-girl crime. The saddest part? A lot of women are, if not the instigator, the perpetuator. While it happens everywhere – from the “Who Wore It Best?” section of a magazine (really, can’t they all look really good in the dress?), to the drive-by-type snide comments about a total stranger (“She should NOT be wearing that!!”) – it can really get down and dirty in the workplace.
She’s sometimes called the mean girl. “A mean girl at work is a woman who practices some form of covert competition or indirect aggression toward another woman,” says Katherine Crowley, co-author of “Mean Girls at Work: How to Stay Professional When Things Get Personal.” A mean girl can definitely be found in those women who still feel the need to take the career trajectory shortcut (read:fraternize); most of us have enough respect for ourselves and our talent to avoid that antiquated tactic. Those who do though, can make us all have to take three giant career-steps backward! For that, we should have zero tolerance!
We already know we make better bosses, right? We’re smart, competent, able, and there’s room enough for us all. We can better spend our time lifting each other up instead of tearing each other down. We’re better than that!
We ladies need to unite to eliminate the mean girls… especially the one that may lurk within.