Workplaces Should Be Nightmare Free – (Image by Pixabay at Pexels.Com)
We can’t always be liked or respected by colleagues. Bad atmospheres can give us sleepless nights. Do you have a workplace nightmare story, that one that still makes you cringe years later?
The 1990s Were Different
Back to the 1990s there was no anti-discrimination legislation in the workplace covering people perceived to be LGBTQ+ (whether we actually belonged to one of those communities, or maybe were an equality ally).
From what I remember, being seen as not one-of-the-lads (or necessarily straight) had consequences:
- Being subject to discriminatory rumours
(Strategy. If there’s a whispering campaign against you, find out who started it and ask them to stop, because no one wants to be harassed).
- Facing unwelcome questions – “Hey, mind if I ask you…”?
(Strategy. You have no obligation to share your truth, if you don’t want to. Maybe there is a staff representative group or union you can be supported by).
- Being excluded from some parts of office-based social life
(Strategy. Realistically it is time to find new friends, since no one wants to socialise with a judgemental set of people).
Some People Are Privileged
It is a privilege to be in the majority. The status of majority-member is a powerful one. You get to chose how well you treat others.
Back in the 1990s privilege meant excluding anyone who couldn’t say they were a zero on the Kinsey scale (a lot of us can’t).
The lads leading that strategy in the 1990s will be in men in their fifties now. These days law and good management practice limit the space for the kind of open discrimination. I hope they have learnt the right lessons over those twenty years.
I also hope the strategies above help improve the atmosphere where you work (you can always reply to this post to suggest your recipe to wake up from your workplace nightmare).