Job Security? Take Nothing For Granted
It seems pretty obvious that Shirley Sherrod got a raw deal when she was pressured to resign this week from her top post at the Department of Agriculture. This, after edited remarks she made years ago led to allegations that she’s a racist.
Snap judgments. We’ve all made them at one time or another.
But if a top government official can lose her job because of a snap judgment, it’s anyone’s guess how many “ordinary” people in “regular” jobs suffer the same fate.
Sherrod’s story is a sad reminder that when it comes to jobs and careers these days, take nothing for granted.
At a time when employers are looking everywhere to cut costs, some decisions about who stays or goes are going to be made quickly – some might say in a snap – and not all the calls are fair or right.
So is the key for all of us is to walk a straight and narrow line—carefully thinking about everything we say and do—which may seem unrealistic at best, especially since decisions are often made on perception?
Surely there are smarter solutions, and we know you’ve got them. Tell us your tales of how a rush to judgment has impacted your career. Our online community is likely to have solutions and feedback to help.