Show Some Respect, Corporate America

This is not your typical empowerment blog, so allow me to stand on my soapbox for a few minutes. I know now that I’m not the only one who has been disrespected by their employer. After sacrificing quality time with your spouse and children, waking up in the wee hours of the morning to get to work early enough to complete a project, making your boss look good enough to receive all of your accolades, and seeing your hard work transform to their promotion, you are still stepped on and disrespected without the slightest sincere apology or compensation. Even worse, that is time that you’ll never get back.
You’re left to chalk it up and try to look at the positive side of things while the powers that be use your work to progress themselves and plan how you will be part of “the next wave”. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve had opportunities that I loved! Ones that helped me to identify my strengths and reveal what I’m actually good at doing.
HR is designed to protect both the employer and the employee. But, let’s face it. The HR person works for the company, so that is always where the loyalty lies. Don’t you wish there was a way to let people know that a certain company is not a good place to work for? Because the culture of a specific department (which represents the company) was so despicable that you wouldn’t want your dog to work there. Or what if there was a toll-free number for candidates to call that offered candid information from employees about the department or company to help them decide whether or not to apply.
If the employers can block you from getting another job inside (and outside) the company, fabricate stories about why they terminated you or refuse to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf, then why can’t the employee do the same about the company? If the company is not willing to change the leaders in their organization who make poor decisions or rule with such an iron fist that their workers are intimated to leave, then that is a blatant problem. Even worse is when the employee reports issues to HR that are never resolved.
I’ve learned 3 things learned from my last permanent place of employment: 1) Those in positions of authority needed to be way more cognizant of the pleas for change 2) That company was not bound to me, regardless of how hard I worked to prove myself. However, I was bound to it and my perception needed to change, and 3) Once that happened, I was able to help not only myself, but others who refused to allow fear to keep them from being a valuable asset to any company or their own!
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Aria Craig – Empowerment & Leadership Strategist
Amazon Best-Selling & Award-Winning Author of The Single Mother Diaries™ Series | Speaker | Certified Coach | Consultant | MBA
Founder of The M.I.L.E. Movement (Moms Influencing Leadership & Empowerment)

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