What you missed on Race in the Workplace

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

In case you haven’t been checking out New Demographic’s latest blog, Race in the Workplace, here’s what you may have missed:

How to build your personal brand
What do people say about you when you’re not in the room? If you don’t know, it could hinder your career opportunities. Whether we like it or not, each of us has a personal brand. The question is: is your brand what you want it to be? Interactive marketer Mitch Joel gives you some strategies you can use to get your brand to where it neesd to be.

Watercooler: black = stupid?
“The conversation ended with the boss informing the employee that if black people are taking any type of civil service exam, they are given more points then white people taking the same exam, just because they’re black. To which the employee replied ‘What because they’re stupid they get extra points? That’s so unfair! Stupid people are just stupid people!’”

Recommended Reading
A TIME magazine reporter realizes she was a diversity hire. How HR can end pay inequality between men and women right away. More on the stay-at-home mom versus the working mom. A long-time LA Times sportwriter announces his transition from male to female. How to respond gracefully when someone makes a borderline potentially offensive comment.

Watercooler: When money trumps racism
“What I wasn’t expecting was my supervisor pulling me into a meeting room when we got back to the office to tell me that he thought my mentioning my background whilst the client was being openly racist was inappropriate and antagonistic, and could have cost the company business. “