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Sidenote: what are ways to be assertive and express yourself/stand up for yourself without being branded as rude or the angry black girl?

There is a new manager who seems to always single me out to do things and she is well rude. She would never address me with a greeting. (good morning/hi sbrownie,can you do such and such. She would just ramble an order with no eye contact. I think it is rude.
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Originally posted by sunshine321511 sunshine321511 wrote:

I agree with all these tips....especially keep written documentation....send emails and never rely on verbal conversations...when the sh*tz goes down...your same supervisor will say...he did not tell you that...supervisors tend to stick together...Document everything....examples
 
1 - Per our conversation, my part of the project is SYX, Jane will do JKL, the due date is October 20th.
2 - Please see the attached scanned copy of my doctor's note for my absence....
3 - Per our conversation, I arrived 1 hour early today and will be departing at 3:00 pm
 
Always send yourself emails -
Note to the file -
I submitted XYZ project to division director Jones on 10/1/11 @3:00 pm
 
Dress professional understand...you are not at the club..how you dress on the weekend with tight shirts, skin tight pants, breast showing is great...for work...tone it DOWN.
  • watch the super bright eye shadow and 24,26,28 inch weaves...keep hair consistent...long halle berry today.26 inch wig tomorrow.
  • come on time, don't be late often
  • you don't want your sexy clothes, your long weaves, or flashy makeup to overshadow your work or be the main topic of conversation...I never forget I was in a meeting and this white manager asked this black girl about her  weave....
  • don't mistake white people's professionalize as true friendship..
 Even if you have a black supervisor, don't think they are going to defend YOU...or go out their way to promote you or help you.  My worst supervisors have been black.
  • don't tell any negative things about your personal life...they not telling you their kid on heroin.
  • always lock your desk
  • don't take or make many personal calls on your office phone.
  • no cursing at your desk on your phone, arguing with you man, etc etc.
  • even if you have no work, pull up a random excel spreadsheet so when someone comes around you can minimize the internet.
  • have your true friends OUTSIDE THE OFFICE....keep things separate....

understand..... racism is alive and well.

Some of the things...white people can get away.... with ..... a black sister never willOuch
Don't give "them" ammunition to use against you.  Even if "they" don't like you, if you are phony professional, do your work, are dependable, are not on the phone chatting all day or online....they can't do nothing to you.
 
But if you are always late, take long lunches, always calling out with issues, don't do your work, always on social calls, you MAKE IT EASY FOR THEM TO FIRE YOU, or justify not promoting you.
 
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This is out the blue but my office is having a talent showcase once we're off furlough. I'm a really good singer but my brother said that I shouldn't sing. What do yall think?
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Originally posted by SamoneLenior SamoneLenior wrote:


for those that say don't get too close, I wonder how this really works

for example, I had a boss I could not stand but she never knew that

she "liked" me to the point of buying my gift cards, birthday/holiday gifts, inviting me to her home more than once, and would chat with me quite often

when she left our company she asked if I wanted to come along with her, reviewed my resume (and I finally got the type of advice I have needed for a year or so), and spoke with the HR dept at her new job about hiring me

now if I kept it hi and bye and strictly work related with her I doubt she would have done all of that

so I post all that to say, what exactly do you share?

I'm pretty sure I have a good understanding of what not to share

also, at my job they do share a lot of personal info and like to come by your office and chat, so I think you have to behave somewhat like the others in your office so you don't get branded as rude, standoffish, shy, weird, mean, aloof



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Great topic & advice!! Smile
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Originally posted by AmiliaCabral AmiliaCabral wrote:

This is out the blue but my office is having a talent showcase once we're off furlough. I'm a really good singer but my brother said that I shouldn't sing. What do yall think?


I say go in and crush it, and enjoy your Starbucks gift card, lol. Just be prepared for the "Man....they ALL can sing!" remarks.
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SN: Any of y'all professionals HIRING?? A quick learning college educated sista with a broad skill set is looking.
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The advice that is given is excellent. does anyone have anymore books that they can recommend?
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My business communications professor would always say think of your professional self as a character that you act out every day.

For me it is unique because I work outside of the office and I am always in competition with my coworkers and other companies. I stand out by my numbers, I make the company lots of money and I work hard at building solid professional relationships with my offices. If you are ever in a sales role remember your worth to the company is the bottom line.
Sometimes I am met with skepticism in whiter parts of town so I stand out by knowing my stuff. Not just the messages my job wants me to get across but also the science behind what I am selling.

When I am at home office I make an effort to be a resource to my coworkers and I demonstrate my knowledge that way. I also have to keep myself motivated because it is very easy to slack off when you only see your manager once a month.

As far as socializing I believe you should be smart about socializing with coworkers. If you work at a company where that is a big thing for them I suggest making appearances once in a while. I have a friend who was fired the day after he ditched his directors retirement party. They said he did not "fit" with the company culture.

A lot of people I work with like to go out and drink when we have national meetings and some go really crazy. I usually make an appearance I am back in my hotel room within 1-2 hours and I have a one drink limit. Also if I have a business lunch or dinner I order no alcohol.
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