You are women, as a working woman in the working world, you are surrounded by men. The sausage factory has inundated every industry from government to tech companies to actual sausage factories, so it’s imperative that everyone knows you’re not there to serve coffee. Here are our 8 favorite tricks for dominating the male-dominated workplace.
1. USE SPORTS METAPHORS
If there’s one thing men understand, it’s sports metaphors. If someone did a good job, say it was a home run. If you’re going to the bathroom, say it’s par for the course. Using a sports metaphor is hands down the best way to skate to where the puck’s going to be and keep the ball rolling before you throw in the towel.
2. GIVE GOOD HIGH FIVES
You’ll be surprised to learn that high-fiving is a cornerstone of male congratulations in the workplace. Giving a good high five is appropriate in almost any situation — nailing that big pitch, free bagels in the break room, washing your hands after you pee. Slam your high five hard to assert your strength. Make sure no one is looking before you wince in pain.