Your behaviour of dealing with being different from those around you, in your career and in your work place, is a situation one is never exempted. In this perspective, you may be the only male where the other colleagues are female or you may be in a situation where you are older than your colleagues. But how do you deal or cope with such challenges of being different among your colleagues? From my personal finding and views:
1. YOU MUST INVEST IN BUILDING EFFECTIVE RELATIONSHIP–
It simply means your colleagues will find out how smart, hardworking or fun, you are, if there is an interaction with you and your colleague.
2. DEVELOP AN ATTITUDE THAT CREATES OPPORTUNITIES FOR AN INTERACTION
No matter how brief and seek to know some area of interest that exists among you and your colleague. And attitude becomes the Blue-print of a new experience that often develop into a pattern of behaviour which is recognized among them therefore leading to interaction.
3. YOU MUST CHOOSE YOUR MENTOR-
i.e. an individual that may give you an insight of an existing culture, as to help you feel you belong. This may show how powerful and knowledgeable your mentor may matter to you. The same is true, that you may have to learn from someone more experience, knowledgeable and powerful than you are.
4. YOU MUST KNOW YOUR RIGHT-
As you acknowledge that harassment based characteristic such as gender, age, race and disabilities, and that any discrimination based on these characteristics are illegal and unacceptable. Therefore, any time you are faced with this type of harassment or discrimination, you must know that anyone responsible for such attitude is liable for sanctions.
Please let me know all your reactions, views and insights in the comment box below!
Kogwuonye Patrick Onyeka
University of Benin