Giving Notice: Why the Best and Brightest Are Leaving the Workplace and How You Can Help Them Stay by Freada Kapor Klein ISBN: 9780787998097
"Is the corporate playing field still an obstacle course for people who are 'different'? Freada Kapor Klein, one of America's leading diversity advocates, thinks so. In Giving Notice, she and her coauthors tell you why and what to do about it.This refreshing and eye-opening new book blasts the 'diversity industry' and the 'meritocracy myth-makers' for ignoring the daily indignities and subtle biases that shape career prospects. Giving Notice tells it like it is and then tells it like it could be, offering every American a vision of workplaces that are good for people, companies, and the economy."
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I'm looking forward to tomorrow's installment. This should be required reading. Bias and racism in the workplace is so subtle and sometimes, so blatant. It's time to stop pretending we don't notice. This is a very helpful and insightful book.
I keep hearing myself saying "oh, my word" over and over as I read the excerpt from this book. I cannot believe that someone got it right, and is addressing the subleties that usually go unnoticed or unaddressed.
I can't help but find this book a little depressing. As a working woman with higher degrees (MS in Chemistry, MBA)- I find myself in a not so great position and with no real career path. And I see other not as educated people being promoted into management, while I am apparantly not taken seriously.
So, yes, I live this- the "* Having co-workers at a similar or higher level who are less educated or less experienced than you--46.1 percent" statement.
But what can really be done? I may or may not buy the book. When it comes to an individual situation, in an individual company, what can we really do? Either we are taken seriously or not. I am working on my career path, but it is discouraging. Either I am overlooked or I threaten others in their positions- niether is good! And if I want more, I know I'll be perceived as a b-word.
Sorry to be a downer. I'd like to hear feedback!
Maybe you should finish the book, and use what you learn to improve your situation. Maybe you could have it sent to senior management at your office.
I am not sure what the authors conclusions will be, but at my workplace we are talking about diversity and inclusion, micro-inequities, civility, all of it.
I think this book will be helpful at my workplace, because awareness of problems and how systemic they are can be helpful in getting an organization to look at thier policies and work culture. That way it's not "Molly's" problem, it's a prevalent work place condition that should be addressed. Just a thought.