Women and their allies are taking bold steps towards achieving gender equality in the workplace. But it concerns me. Mainly, I worry that in the professional world, getting branded as nice makes me less likely to receive recognition for being good at my job. Unfortunately, this is a perfectly rational fear. Studies show that women who act friendly and warm in the workplace are often viewed as less competent, regardless of their actual abilities. Become a member to keep reading this story and unlock unlimited access to all of Quartz.
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If you thought those two adjectives were basically the same thing, think again! Kindness and niceness might look similar, but underneath the surface, the two attributes are completely different. In fact, for some of us, replacing niceness with kindness just might be the key between peace and frustration both at home and at work. A Woman of Kindness speaks what is true with love and conviction. A Nice Woman speaks what is pleasant to avoid upsetting others.