It’s always interesting to me when I work with clients about speaking up when someone is sarcastic or rude to them. Their comments range from:
- I’m too shy to speak up
- I could get into trouble
- Things could be worse if it backfires
- HR ignored my concerns
- My family member would get mad or even arrested (drug or alcohol abuse)
- Harassment is the norm in our department
There is some truth with all of the comments. It’s always a risk to speak up. There is usually someone who can support you either at work or in your personal life. Don’t give up looking for that person who could help you resolve an important issue that matters to you.
I strongly agree with Einstein’s quote below because the only way one can make positive changes is to confront these issues to the appropriate person, even if the perpetrator is a high profile and powerful person.
Fear is a big part of this entire equation. All we have to do is watch or read our favorite news outlets to see how some of the situations are hidden for years. Shame and fear play a dual role. Listening to their stories remind us how brave people have to be to come forward. I challenge all of you to weigh the options and do what you feel is best.
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This is Joyce Weiss
Corporate Communication Strategist and Career Coach
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Until next time, Remember…“You Get What You Tolerate!”