Knowing Your Value in the Workplace
Women have come a long way in the workplace over the past few decades. More women are in management roles, with a select few promoted to top spots within major companies, such as Hewlett Packard and eBay. One of the hot-button issues for professional women these days is realizing and understanding the value they add to a company.
A new book, Knowing Your Value Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth (Weinstein Books, April 3, 2012) by Mika Brzezinski explores the distressing habit of women undervaluing their contributions in the workplace. The author uses her own story along with commentary from other professionals, men and women, at ways women can attain the recognition and compensation they deserve.
Brzezinski tells readers about her personal climb to earning what she’s worth in the broadcast news industry. She wrote, “Looking back, I realize that every time I sat at the negotiating table, my greatest enemy was myself. The words I chose and the strategies I put into play actually undermined my goals.”
Brzezinski lost her job as a weekend anchor and a 60 Minutes contributor at CBS News in the wake of a scandal over a story about then President George Bush’s military record. She spent the next year looking for another job at other cable and broadcast networks. She was eventually offered a job to work with Joe Scarborough on the Morning Joe show on MSNBC.
She goes onto to tell how she found out her male counterparts on the show were making so much more money than she while putting in just as much work and effort to make the show a hit. The book is a detailed story of how she eventually got the money she wanted for a job she loves and for her invaluable contributes to its success.Continued on the next page