Redefining Professionalism: Embracing Our Humanity in the Workplace

It’s time to redefine the word “professional.” Why is this word tinted with cold and inhumanity? Being professional nowadays is so far from everything that characterizes us as human beings, especially for women. We’re told to suppress our emotions, prioritize our work lives over our personal lives, and be superficial. And let’s not even get started on the extra pressure and challenges faced by women in the workforce. From the motherhood penalty to dress code expectations, it feels like we can’t win. But enough is enough. It’s time to embrace our humanity in the workplace and break these outdated stereotypes. We deserve to be treated with respect and have the freedom to be our authentic selves at work. It’s time for a revolution, and I’m ready to lead the charge.

The impact of motherhood on professional life

Motherhood is often viewed as a hindrance to one’s professional life, but it’s time to challenge that notion and recognize the unique strengths and skills that mothers bring to the workforce. In many cases, motherhood can actually enhance professional skills, such as multitasking and problem-solving.

The "motherhood penalty" and the importance of role models

Unfortunately, there is still a significant “motherhood penalty” in the workforce, with many mothers experiencing negative consequences in terms of pay and advancement opportunities. This not only disproportionately affects women, but it also limits the number of role models available to inspire and support the next generation of working mothers. It’s important to recognize and challenge these biases and to celebrate and support the accomplishments of working mothers.

How motherhood can actually enhance professional skills

Motherhood requires a unique set of skills, including multitasking, problem-solving, and time management. These skills can be valuable assets in the professional world and can help mothers excel in their careers. In addition, the experience of motherhood can also bring a new perspective and empathy to one’s work, which can be valuable in many fields. It’s time to recognize and value the unique strengths and skills that mothers bring to the workforce.

The way we dress and its impact on perceived professionalism

As women, we face a lot of pressure when it comes to our appearance in the workplace. We’re told that we need to dress a certain way in order to be perceived as professional, but what does that really mean? Often, it seems like “professional” is just code for “don’t look too sexy” or “don’t show too much personality.” It’s a ridiculous double standard that men simply don’t face.

But it’s not just about conforming to societal expectations. In some cases, our clothing choices can actually be used against us in the workplace. I’ve heard stories from friends who were told that their clothes were too revealing or not feminine enough for certain job roles. One friend was even asked to take off her hijab for a job interview because it was deemed unprofessional by the company. It’s absurd that we should have to compromise our personal style or cultural expression in order to be seen as competent professionals.

It’s time to break these outdated and unfair expectations. Whether you like to wear dresses or suits, short hair or long, make-up or none at all, it’s your choice. As long as you’re dressed appropriately for the job, what you wear should have no bearing on your professionalism. Let’s embrace our individuality and stop trying to fit into these narrow definitions of what it means to be a “professional” woman.

The hybrid work situation and its potential to break down barriers

As the hybrid work situation becomes more prevalent post-pandemic, it has the potential to break down many of the barriers that have traditionally separated our professional and personal lives. When we work from home, it’s normal to hear kids playing or dogs barking in the background during meetings. These moments may have been uncomfortable at first, but now we can laugh about them and continue with the meeting. This normalization of personal life in the workplace can be a positive step towards inclusivity and a more human approach to work.

Flexibility is key to embracing our humanity in the workplace. Women, in particular, often feel pressure to choose between being a housewife and taking care of their children or being a working woman with preferably no children. But we shouldn’t have to justify gaps in our resumes for taking time for our families, and we shouldn’t be asked about our plans for having children if we don’t want to. By embracing flexibility and inclusivity, we can break down these stereotypes and do what pleases us, when it pleases us. It’s time to redefine professionalism and embrace our humanity in the workplace.

The pressure to conform and the need to break free

In the world of work, the word “professional” has long carried negative connotations. It’s often associated with coldness and a lack of humanity, as if being a professional means you have to suppress your emotions and prioritize your career over your personal life. But as women, we face an extra set of challenges and pressures when it comes to being seen as professional. We’re expected to be strong and capable, but also feminine and nurturing. We’re told to dress a certain way, but also not to show too much skin. It’s a fine line to walk, and it’s easy to feel like we can’t win.

But here’s the thing: being a professional doesn’t have to mean sacrificing our humanity. And as women, we don’t have to choose between being career-focused or being mothers, or between being feminine or being taken seriously. In fact, motherhood can actually enhance our professional skills, and our personal style is just that: personal. With the rise of hybrid work, we have an opportunity to break down the barriers between our personal and professional lives and embrace our full selves in the workplace.

So let’s redefine professionalism and embrace our humanity. Let’s reject the pressure to conform and make our own choices, without fear of judgment. We deserve to be seen and valued as the complex, multidimensional human beings we are.


In conclusion, it’s time to redefine the word “professional” and embrace our humanity in the workplace. The traditional expectations placed on women, particularly in regards to motherhood and appearance, are unfair and harmful. The post pandemic hybrid work situation presents an opportunity for change, allowing for the normalization of personal life in the workplace and the importance of flexibility and inclusivity for all. It’s time to break free from the pressure to conform to societal expectations and embrace personal choices. We must reject the status quo and work towards creating a more inclusive and humane working world for all. Remember, people will judge you no matter what you do, so do what pleases you and don’t worry about the negativity of others.

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