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【职场英语】女人味对于职场女性是把双面刃

Female leaders have little issue defining the rules that lead to success in their various industries. But ask them about the rules dictating how professional women should present themselves to optimize their career goals and there’s a good chance your question will be met with hesitation.

不同行业的女性领袖通常能毫不费力地给出通往成功的秘诀。不过如果你问她们,职场女性应当树立怎样的形象,才更利于实现职业目标,她们很可能就不知从何答起了。


Why? For women in the workplace, the whole appearance topic is nothing short of a contradiction-riddled minefield.

为什么呢?因为对于职场女性而言,所有关于外表的话题都是矛盾重重的雷区。


They’ve been told attractive people are better off. Thanks to an innate human bias that’s become known as the “what is beautiful is good” effect, beautiful employees are seen as more intelligent, more competent, more everything-that’s-good. Attractiveness has been found to lead to more job interviews, more job offers, higher income and greater overall success.

她们被告知,有魅力的人也会有更好的境遇。由于人类与生俱来的爱美之心,人们认为漂亮的员工更聪明,能力更强,有着更好的一切。更富魅力的人能得到更多面试机会,更容易找到工作,收入更高,就总体而言也更加成功。


But wait! That’s not the whole story.
且慢,情况并非都是这样。


“Women are in an impossible catch-22 when it comes to advice on appearance, ” says Selena Rezvani, author of Pushback and a speaker and consultant on women and leadership. “Most modern advice on appearance suggests you find a perfect balance between acknowledging your femininity but not overemphasizing it. This increasingly thin line is hard to locate for the average woman, let alone translate and personalize. The short message to women is: your femininity is an asset and liability.”

还有一种说法叫“红颜祸水”。显然,美貌也可能对你不利。实际上,在应聘和工作中,美貌可能让你遭受更多歧视,而在你担任领导职位时,它还可能降低下属对你的信赖感和忠诚度。《反推:聪明的女人如何要求并坚持她们想要的》(Pushback)一书的作者、演说家兼女性和领导力顾问赛琳娜•雷兹瓦尼表示:“有关外表的建议往往让女性陷入一种悖论。当今的大多数建议都是女性要适当彰显女人味儿,但不要过分强调它。但是对于大多数女人来说,这个分寸越来越难以把握,要活学活用到自己身上就更难了。简而言之,女人味既是女性的资本,又是一种负担。”

 

From makeup to hair color, metrics measuring attractiveness and success are all over the map.Studies in both the U.S. and the U.K. (both sponsored by cosmetics companies, it must be noted) have concluded that the stuff can help you appear more competent on the job. But again, watch out! Wear too much — or not in quite the right way — or just generally look like you’ve spent a lot of time on your grooming, and you might find that you earn less or appear less trustworthy. Going gray has long been considered more of a challenge for women than for men (does it signify experience and wisdom, or just old age?), but even other colors have unspoken connotations. During tough economic times, blonde women have been reported todye their hair darker so as to be taken more seriously.

从妆容到头发颜色,评判魅力和成功的标准各不相同。在英美两国进行的调查得出了一个结论(必须说明,这些调查都是由化妆品公司赞助的):多穿点可以让你在工作中显得更加能干。但是请注意!穿得太多——或者穿得不合适——或者你貌似花了很多时间来打扮自己,都可能使你的能力看上去大打折扣,或者显得不那么值得信赖。长期以来,人们认为鬓角染霜对女性的挑战大于男性(它意味着经验丰富并且充满智慧,还是仅代表着衰老?),但人们对其它发色也有隐含的解读。据说在经济困难时期,为了获得更多重视,金发女郎会把自己的头发染成深色。


“Whether it’s about our appearance or whether or not to assert ourselves, we’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t, ” says Bonnie Marcus, president and CEO of Women’s Success Coaching. “It’s a balancing act that ambitious women need to be aware of.”

女性职业咨询网站Women’s Success Coaching的总裁兼首席执行官邦妮•马库斯表示:“无论我们的外表是否得体,无论我们是否坚持自我,我们怎么做都会遭到非难。有追求的女性需要了解这种平衡之道。”


There’s not an easy solution. “I believe the only general statement you can make about this is that women need to be savvy about the culture of their organization, ” Marcus says. As the old saying goes, “dress for the job you want, ” she adds.

没有什么简单的解决办法。马库斯表示:“对此你**能说的就是:女性需要了解自己公司的文化。”就像一句老话说的那样,“穿上与工作相配的衣服。”她补充道。

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