Women of colour have become key role players when it comes to the business market and many other industries as well. It makes perfect sense to develop strategies that will ensure that they have and maintain thriving roles. Many women of color have exceptional skills when it comes to leadership, decision making, consumer loyalty, and providing insightful information when it comes to diversity. However, despite their proven talent and skills, black women often face hurdles as they try to rise up the corporate ladder.
Here are five barriers that prevent black women from getting ahead on the job:
1. Not utilizing networking opportunities especially with influential colleagues. If there is an opportunity to interact with influential people, it should always be taken. Networking is highly important for women of color when it comes to advancing in the workplace. In order for women of color to show off their skills they have to be recognized. Networking opportunities provide the chance to make connections to rise to the next level.
2. Inadequate role models of the same ethnic group. It is important to be able to look up to people of the same race and who have made a name for his/herself. Senior role models and mentors play a huge factor in training women of color to be successful.
3. Balancing Work and Home Life. Some women have a difficult time balancing family and work life; this often causes career challenges and lack of promotions. Women of color who requests to spend more time with family are often judged harshly by peers and supervisors.
4. Kept from high-profile assignments. High-profile projects and responsibilities are the ones that get noticed. If a woman of color is not receiving assignments that allow her to effectively demonstrate her range and ability as a potential leader, how can she expect to get noticed or be considered for promotion?
5. Inability to find someone who is willing to be a role model or mentor. Whether the person in the seniority position is of the same ethnic group or not, there is a need to have someone who will teach the ropes of the job. Someone who will also speak out and up for a woman of color when it is time to move up the ladder.