Thrive Global: actually, I said that first …

October 6, 2020 Kim Fahey

“Hepeating” – when a man gets praised sharing the same idea that a woman previously said but was ignored – has become a problem for women in the workplace and could deter them from contributing ideas. How can you and your colleagues address “hepeating” incidents when they happen so that your female colleagues get the credit they deserve?

“It is crucial that employees who experience ‘hepeating’ have the courage to speak up for both themselves and other colleagues who face similar dilemmas,” writes Kimberly Fahey, senior vice president, Global Client Delivery at Randstad Sourceright. “Making the problem known, and recruiting allies who will help, are important steps in creating a more equitable workplace.”

Some women might worry that speaking up for themselves makes them appear selfish and not as a team player. Fahey points out that, while it is important that we collaborate at work, those who are recognized for their ideas are rewarded with raises, promotions, interesting projects, and ultimately, find the most satisfaction at work.

“So the next time a male coworker ‘hepeats’ you or a colleague in a meeting, be brave, be bold and don’t be afraid to say ‘Actually, I said that first.’”

Read the full article in Thrive Global for more tips on addressing this unconscious bias and getting recognized at work. You can also learn more about driving inclusion at work in this white paper, “Foster diversity & inclusion in times of crisis.

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Kim Fahey

A recognized leader in developing trusted and dynamic relationships across a global enterprise. Successful in custom designing talent solutions to help organizations achieve business goals through a smart people strategy.

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