How I overcame Bias in the workplace.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.

I’ve partnered with Olay today to share how to overcome bias in the workplace. Olay is a brand that celebrates women and female pilots who break boundaries to rise above and live fearlessly. I’m thankful to share my story with you!

As a young business woman, I’ve always had to deal with bias in a workplace environment. Bias is everywhere, but most often affects women and younger employees. I was both of those things. I’ve gotten, “aren’t you a little too young for this?” more times than I can count.

I remember when I got my first promotion at my first job when I was in high school. I was the youngest employee promoted to customer service. The rest of my co-workers in customer service were in their mid-40’s to 50’s, and everyone seemed to question why I was promoted “so young.”

I would often experience helping a customer, providing them with all of the correct answers to their questions, and them watch them walk away and ask an older employee the same questions, just to make sure I had given them the correct information.

Later in life, before I became a full-time blogger, I worked in the real-estate industry. Luckily, I had a boss that truly believed in me and my abilities, and always stood up for me. She was my biggest advocate, and always reminded clients that they didn’t have to go to her for answers when “Tonya can answer all of your questions for you.” I really appreciate that. I believe that teamwork in a work environment is very important and I was lucky to have it for my last job, my others I wasn’t so lucky.

The biggest takeaway from my experience as a young woman in the workforce is that you can’t take things too personally. Naturally, people want their answers validated and will gravitate toward what they believe is an authority figure to get those answers validated. I always tried to be the best employee I possibly could, and when I didn’t know the answer to a question, I found out that answer for the customer.

Age is just a number. Just because you may be older or younger than someone, does not make you smarter or more equipped to do the job than they can. Focus on your strengths and build off of them. Everyone has different skill sets. Use them to your advantage!

Never let someone’s attitude effect yours, I could of easily been defeated in any of the situations where this happened over and over to me. BUT I didn’t – I stayed professional and proved myself, which I will always do. I know sometimes it’s easier said than done but in the end, not letting someone effect you, will make you stronger.

Have you had a similar experience? Share below! I would love to hear how you overcame it as well. We are learning more and more to stand up and speak for ourselves – I couldn’t be more proud.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Olay Regenerist 3-step Trio Review

What if I told you that I have a way for you to RESET? It’s only three steps and once you’re done, you will feel amazing!! Trust me, your skin will thank you!

I feel like my skin has been really dry (especially these winters months are brutal) and dull and one of my goals  for 2018 is to have a better skincare routine. This 3-step process by Olay is going to help me stay on track with taking care of my skin! I hope you will give it a try too!

1. Olay Daily Facials: This is 5-in-1 cleansing cloth! These are amazing! You simply activate by running under water. These are great if you want to wash your face quickly, or if traveling. These wipes will take care of that and leave your face squeaky clean, moisturized and fresh!

2. Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream: You want to moisturize your skin without being oily or sticky. Well then, you better not skip part two of your reset!! This sculpting cream is IN-CRE-DI-BLE! You will feel glowy and hydrated. You apply on your face and neck.

3. Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream: This awesome 3-in-1 product gets rid of dark circles, fine wrinkles and even some puffiness! Do we all need this or do we ALL need this?! So many of us forget how sensitive our eye areas are and how much we should be taking care of them. Now is the time!

 

So, before you try for yourself, I’ll let you know my personal experience!

Right away, with the wipes, I felt like my skin was really fresh without having the left over residue or stickiness some wipes leave behind. That is a big deal!

In 3 to 4 days, I noticed that I wasn’t dealing with my usual ultra dry skin when I woke up in the morning. It has been SO cold and windy here in DC and my skin takes a beating every year. This sculpting cream is LEGIT! It has long lasting moisturizing effects, but also doesn’t feel sticky or heavy.

After two weeks, I was still continuing with my 3-step process and I really started to see a difference from the Ultimate Eye Cream. As a full time blogger, I am often on my computer for hours. Editing, typing, proof reading, etc. So, some days I can really see it and feel it in my eyes. They look more tired and puffy. But this eye cream helped so much with my under eye circles and the puffiness! I think as I continue, it will get even better, which is SUPER exciting! I hope you all try it out and let me know how it works for you!

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