Gags Don’t Belong On The Job

This is not a slight to any past or current employers, but a great piece of information I learned tonight while discussing small business with a friend who is a superwoman and starting her own company with a group of amazingly talented people. Can’t wait to share more with y’all once she’s off the ground!

Long story short, we were discussing what millennials see in employers that we appreciate and the practices we no longer wish to see. From there, we began discussing conversations that are taboo at work. For example, discussing salary and benefits with your co-workers. This is a practice employers discourage because it often leads to the forming of a union but you have every right to discuss these issues. Actually, it might help bring work issues to surface and aid your employer in practicing business more justly. If juste practices are important and your employer doesn’t practice them, that job or career is likely not a good fit for you, but idk… don’t blame me if you ruin your life.

Back to the topic at hand. A great practice is to ask yourself why certain situations are taboo in the workplace and what you can do to change them. Secrecy or gags within workplaces does not excuse the many offenses folks have committed, but I think keeping quiet has aided a lot of terrible practices including sexual harassment because employees are believed to have no power and should not be speaking out.

Furthermore, if you are in a situation where you need to be treated justly, speak to your boss, then go from there. I’m tired of hearing so many friends who were told college was the way to go, so we did, and now many of them will be in debt for life… can you imagine. Life! You work a middle class job and for the rest of your life you have to pay off loans because our society told you that you HAD to go to college to make it in America.

Now you’re at this job and they’re paying you shit money and expect you to appreciate basic ass shit employers should be doing anyway. Don’t be angry about it in secret & exhale with friends although that’s totally cool — exploding and exhaling with friends is great –, do something!

Also, this idea that employees should not talk to each other about benefits and pay is fucking silly and perpetuates a capitalist system that says there ISN’t ENOUGH TO GO AROUND SO SCRAMBLE FOR WHAT YOU CAN GET. Ugh. No!

Anyway, I’m on a tangent. Maybe because I’ve been reading up on economics too much in preparation for my 3rd quarter at SOM, but I hope this was helpful.

The Atlantic
The Atlantic

Read more:
https://www.nlrb.gov/rights-we-protect/employee-rights
https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/07/when-the-boss-says-dont-tell-your-coworkers-how-much-you-get-paid/374467/

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