Wednesday, February 15, 2012

What's Your Next Move?

So, you're dealing with work place abuse, such as discrimination, retaliation, harassment or a hostile work environment. The question is: What's your next move? You have to think strategically because the worst thing you can do is to be reactive...acting out, lashing out, and waiting for the next attack from an employer. Think about things like a game of chess. You have to think several moves ahead before you make a move now.

So, think about your options and think of potenial outcomes and employer reactions based on each move. Write it down. Think about past history of the people involved because past behavior often indicates future actions. What's the blueprint your employer, supervisor, and/or coworker operates from?

Now, after considering all this...what move makes the most sense? What's your intent? To calm things down, to hold or to escalate in a targeted fashion and with a purpose? What is your next move and why?

If you can't answer those questions, do nothin until you can.

11 Comments:

Blogger pHenomenalhairstylist said...

Rattle the tree long enough until something shakes loose. By no means is quitting an option. Love your blog!

6:54 PM  
Blogger Beyond The Political Spectrum said...

Love your blog! It's must reading for all working African-Americans...even those with a conservative bent who no longer think that on-the-job racism is not an issue.

6:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cry cry cry... poor me..im black...poor me...get over it...nobody cares but you that your black

12:07 AM  
Anonymous Taryn said...

@ Anonymous, 12:07 am: I'm Black but you're forever stupid.

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Contrary to Anonymous's opinion - if no one cared that I am black; there would be no civil rights bill; if no one cared that I was black; there would be no EEOC; if no one cared that I was black; there would be no law offices that exclusively work against racist like you; if no one cared that I was black; the Supreme Court of this land would have ignored our cry. Yes, we've cried and Almighty God heard us and continues to hear our cry against poor stupid white folk like you who forget we are all created in "His image" and in me that image is black! Black is Beautiful.

6:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And for those with a conservative bent; run for President or any other coveted white position...

6:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where are you Mary? We need another discussion.

6:21 AM  
Blogger Gus T Renegade said...

Greetings Ms. Willis,

My name is Gus Lawrence, and I host a talk radio program exclusively focused on Racism. I make an effort to share constructive information on what Racism is and how it works. Tim Wise, Dr. Peggy McIntosh, Cynthia McKinney and a myriad of other authors and scholars have been guests on our program. One of my investors raved about your work, and we would be thrilled to have you as a guest on the program. Black people world wide struggle with Racism on the job. We would be immensely grateful if you could share a bit of your time and expertise with us. So many of my listeners call in with specific troubles they are having on the job. We need as much help as possible in how to solve problems and increase efficiency in the work place.I know we can learn a great deal from you, Ms. Willis. I'm sure your itinerary remains congested, and I will do all that I can to conform to your schedule. Please, contact me if you are willing to speak with us. I look forward to hearing from you soon, Ms. Willis. Take excellent care.

Kindest,
Gus Lawrence

4:24 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am in the thinking phase right now. I am out of the office on sick leave and have to go back week after next. I ask God everyday to show mw what I should do, the harassment is turned up high and I have yet to go to HR to put it on the record.

My question to you is, should a person always go to HR regarding a situation with their boss? I did this in the past and the current retaliation is what resulted. Any advice would be great. I am trying not to quite but I am not sure the stress is worth it. I suppose thats the purpose of the constant harassment

3:57 PM  
Blogger CPA in the making said...

Im dealing with the same thing. I am off of work for a month due to stress that my employer inflicted. I have filed a complaint with the EEOC and recieved my right to sue letter from state. I have also contacted lawyers and they have told me my case is not strong enough to go to court. The harrasment has been going on since my career there started. Unfair treatment. I want to quit so bad but dont want to let them win. Plus i have no other source of income if i do.

9:09 PM  

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