The One Where it was Hard to Fit in at Work

Feminism, Quick Read, Tech Industry, Workplace

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Do you remember “The One Where Rachel Smokes”? It is the episode of Friends where Rachel starts a new job at Ralph Lauren and all the important decisions are made on smoke breaks. Rachel tries to pick up the habit to feel included and the group insists she doesn’t join, saying they didn’t want to drag her down with them.

As a woman in the tech field, this can happen to you a lot. I even joined a Fantasy Football League to feel included (I won the league, by the way)! However, sometimes I have to remember to reflect on my own actions and see if they are fueling inclusion.

Only planning outings to bars? Some people aren’t 21 or they don’t care to drink!
Lots of active events coming up? Many people have reasons they can’t participate in sports.
Every morning do you get coffee with the same coworker? Ask someone new to join you!

You can’t make everyone happy but you can make them feel included! – J

Looks like I’m not the only one who feels this way! I thoroughly enjoyed this article about a man who challenged himself to not only ask men to drinks after work.
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