‘Toxic’ label gets used too quickly

Recently I read an article on how to deal with toxic people in the workplace. Frankly, I found the advice to be, well, toxic, at least when it comes to workplace diversity. I don’t fault the writer of the article; she was getting most of her advice from a book written by a psychiatrist. But psychiatric advice has its limited place in the workplace.

Style can hide message

The diversity of dealing with people who speak up and out versus the people who have to be pulled into the conversation openly affects every workplace. Communication style can be a river to cross.

Time for taking a deeper look

As strange as it may seem, Black History Month is one of the hardest topics for me to speak about. It’s a complicated topic about a still necessary educational tool. In the workplace, honoring it has always been an awkward addition, in part because it’s not an “ethnic celebration” revolving around food and fun.

‘Should’ often gets in the way

“Should” is robably the most disliked word in any language. It’s a word that speaks to human behavior, societal expectations, cultural norms. And it’s a word that is almost always at the crux of diversity issues and problems.

Unloading on loaded questions

The nature of what I do for a living is that a lot of people ask me “questions” disguised as a diversity question. I deliberately use the word disguise because, more often than not, the “question” is an opinion about something mildly or greatly controversial, and the person wants to provoke a response or receive benediction of some sort.