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This App Helps Women to Stop Self-Sabotaging at Work!

Millennial women are some serious working girls. We build start ups, run companies, and collect degrees like shoes.

So why is it that we still sometimes feel the need to shrink ourselves in the workplace around men so we can seem more likable? One of the biggest problems for women in the workplace can actually be ourselves. We self sabotage, more than we sometimes realize with things as simple as how we write our e-mails.

Last year Vogue published an article suggesting the number one thing to avoid when writing an email as professional women is using the word “sorry.” Apologizing when you haven’t done anything is this unconscious way of sabotaging your professional credibility.

There now might be a new app in the works that will help you avoid self sabotage via e-mail.

Tami Reiss, the CEO of Cyrus Innovation, created a new Gmail plugin called Just Not Sorry. The plugin is designed to scan and mark your email like spell check and red line all the potentially self-sabotaging words in the email.

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In an essay published on Medium Reiss wrote, “We had all inadvertently fallen prey to a cultural communication pattern that undermined our ideas. We run business and lead teams—why aren’t we writing with the confidence of [those] positions?”

The team at Vogue decided to test out the plugin with their own e-mail. The plugin caught key words like “sorry” and “just” but missed self-sabotaging phrases or sentences when they were strung together like “this might be a stupid question” and “I may be wrong.”

The plugin isn’t the answer to all of your workplace problems. But it might be a good start in calling you out on your own moments of self doubt.

It might not catch everything but maybe using it will help you look more critically at the entire voice of your email instead of just the specific words that could be self sabotaging.

Ariel Leconte

Ariel Leconte

Ariel is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and creator of Revolutionary In Pink Pumps blog. She is equally obsessed with social justice, lipstick, culture, and red wine.