Sandy worked diligently to be sure she was always doing the job “the right way.” She attended what she thought were the right seminars, she read up on the latest information she thought she could use directly at work. All she wanted was to have an opportunity to get out of her “bottom-rung” job, earn a promotion, and make a difference in her company.
At first, she thought there was glass ceiling in place, but she realized that that probably was not the case. After all, the vice president of the company was a woman, the director of marketing was a woman, and the head of human resources was a woman. Sandy soon realized that there was no quest sealing in place, so she began to look at other reasons why she had not been able to advance the organization. She found a book –a book by Rebecca Shaumbaugh, titled It’s not a glass ceiling, it’s a sticky floor: Free yourself from the hidden behaviors sabotaging your career success.
In the book, Sandy learned that there were certain factors that often hold women back in their careers. These key issues contribute to a woman experiencing a lack of advancement in her workplace. While Sandy always believed in the glass ceiling she had never heard of sticky floor.
While the book is aimed at women, I would suggest that in many ways is applicable to men who find themselves stuck on the bottom rung of their workplace hierarchy. The lessons in this book can the altered and applied to all genders. It’s worth at least taking a look at if your career seems to be stagnant and you seem to be stuck on a sticky floor.
Shaumbaugh, R. It’s not a glass ceiling, it’s a sticky floor: Free yourself from the hidden behaviors sabotaging your career success. New York: McGraw-Hill.