January 23, 2022

Thread about women’s choice of language at work will challenge everything you’ve been told

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BY RACHEL THOMPSON From Mashable

Women have a lot to contend with in the workplace.

If they’re not getting mansplained, hepeated, or harassed, they’re being told they need to think, talk, and act like men.

But, this Twitter thread by a software engineer has turned on its head the notion that men’s workplace communication style is the example to follow. In fact, after reading this Twitter thread, men might consider communicating a bit more like women.

April Wensel—founder of software development company Compassionate Coding—wrote that women are “often told to avoid ‘weak’ language like ‘I think,'” but that she found that, in reality, saying “I think” is “often more accurate.”

“I find it more troubling when people state their opinion as if it’s an undisputed fact,” wrote Wensel. “We don’t need to fix women; we need to appreciate what they’re doing already.”

Women are often told to avoid “weak” language like “I think,” but the truth is it’s often more accurate. I find it more troubling when people state their opinion as if it’s an undisputed fact.

We don’t need to fix women; we need to appreciate what they’re already doing.

She wrote that she’s heard countless male (and even female) engineers make declarative statements like “That won’t work” or “That won’t break,” which were subsequently proved wrong.

“Honest, accurate communication is not weak; it’s more effective!” she added.

Honest, accurate communication is not weak; it’s more effective!

She said she had “a running bit of banter” with a male engineer she worked with, who loved to say “I’m 100% sure.”

“Let’s just say his accuracy rate was not the same as his confidence level,” she wrote.

For more on this story go to: https://mashable.com/2018/02/19/women-workplace-communication/?utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed#GsqyNNmvZqq9

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