Worried about what impression you’re making on your colleagues with your award-winning banana bread? You’re not alone. Many women wonder: Is baking for the office reinforcing antiquated gender norms? Will I still be taken seriously?
If I, as a woman, choose to prepare food at home and bring it to my colleagues, do I really need to be concerned about how my generosity is working to my detriment? I find this issue to be rather baffling.
A write-up in Forbes and a post on Ask a Manager offer some insights. I see two opinions on the matter:
Don’t do it. If you, as a woman, decide to bring baked goods into the office, you are doing yourself and your career a disservice. Your (mostly male) peers will view you as a homemaker or someone who doesn’t take her professionalism seriously. Your ability to perform at your job will be […]