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This web site was created to increase awareness that ALL people have the inherent right to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect in the workplace.

QUOTE FOR THE MONTH Of JUNE: "You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day."  Marian Wright Edelman (born June 6, 1939) is an African American activist for the rights of children. She has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. She is president and founder of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF)...

I have a book entitled, The Dilbert Principle, by Scott Adams, the writer of the comic strip-Dilbert. 
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Ed L. McQuarters
The content in chapter four of the book bares a close relationship to the title of this web page; and how management communicates mixed messages to employees in the form of popular company clichés.

The Dilbert Principle presents a comical view of Great Lies of Management that are suppose to serve as morale boosters to employees.  However, these clichés do not appear to meet the perceived expectations of most employees on many occasions. But most employees are resourceful and creative, and they find ways to maintain a sense of humor and optimism in all the madness and mayhem in the workplace.

If we can't laugh and focus on the positives during the stressful times with the employer, we'll have a tougher time enjoying those positive times. There's no point in being stressed out over situations that are out of our control.

However, sometimes no matter how hard some employees try to find humor in perplexing workplace situations the stress x-factors win out in the end.
Fred Ramsay
Fred Ramsay
In his book, Hit The Road, Fred! Fred Ramsay, a 28 year employee with my former employer, and a friend, clearly describes some stressful (more like horror) times in his career before he was forced into retirement.

Although Fred's book takes the humorous path in the accounts of his life, he tells it like it is in the workplace in Corporate Foibles and Faux Pas. For example, on page 142, he writes: "To shorten a long investigative story, the Corporation had fired at least 12 management people, and when a partial list was compiled, all the names sounded to be of ethnic origin: Russian, Chinese, East Indian, etc. Wow, what a shocker!"

My interest in The Dilbert Principle remains at the top of my personal best sellers list. As a shy youngster growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I always felt that every individual has a right to enjoy a healthy, happy, and prosperous life (especially as I listened to some of my church elders talk about the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921); and that every one has the inherent right to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect. This belief grew stronger during my travel activities as a high school and university student-athlete, and as a professional athlete. I also refocused my earlier discoveries where working to effect change in the area's of employment equity and workplace diversity presents many challenges.

Great Lies of Management

  • Employees are our most valuable asset.
  • We don't shoot the messenger.
  • I have an open-door policy.
  • Training is a high priority.
  • You could earn more money under the new plan.
  • We're reorganizing to better serve our customers.
  • We'll review your performance in six months.
  • The future is bright.
  • Our people are the best.
  • We reward risk-takers.

  • Your input is important to us.
  • Performance will be rewarded.
  • Everybody is a peer in this organization.
  • Ranking employee performance is done fairly and unsubjectively.
  • I hear what you say.
  • Harassment does not happen in this organization.
  • All of our people are treated with respect.
  • We are an equal opportunity employer.
  • Give yourself a pat on the back, you deserve it.
  • We will look into the issue as soon as possible.

Do you have one? e-mail it to us and we'll add it to the list.

Top Sources of Employee Stress

  • To much or too little to do.
  • Lack of communication up or down the hierarchy.
  • Feeling unappreciated.
  • Inconsistent performance reviews - some employees receive salary increases with no review, while others get positive reviews and are laid off.
  • Career and job ambiguity - unclear expectations and roles.
  • Doubt - unclear company direction.
  • Vicious office politics that breed mistrust.
  • Too many interruptions.

         Source: Business and Economic Roundtable on Mental Health
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"In order to effect change, you must be prepared to take risks"...just another cliché? You decide. I can't recall where I read that statement, but I was committed to see my work through as an employee in the area of workplace diversity and employment equity. As a workplace diversity practitioner in Canada the one (ageless) comment I got more than any other was: I was always led to believe that the 'Aboriginal Peoples' are members of the 'Visible Minority society.' Simply, they are one of the four (now three) recognized Groups concerning Employment Equity and Workplace Diversity in Canada. However; perhaps it is ironic because after 30 years with the same employer, I am no longer employed targeted at that Community.

I don't know which one of these two words to use to describe my situation...(fired, or terminated) without cause by an unfriendly, and ridgid, vice president of human resources, ego maniac, that was fired shortly afterwards by his superior. Anyway, I followed my own advice above, updated my Resume and placed it on several employment web sites, such as; Human Resources Development Canada-Job Bank, IMDiversity Career Center, and Career Builder. I also delivered it to an organization that advertised for a Diversity Advisor. I got an interview. However, I didn't get the job. That's okay. More opportunities will come along.

Bobby Dozier-BTWHS Alumni
Bobby Dozier

"The world gets smaller by the day and yet ethnic strife continues under the guise of religious wars, territorial and ethnic disputes, and even by people living in fear and ignorance in the good ole U.S. of A. Free your mind and hopefully the rest will follow. The opposite of love is fear, fear God not only because this is the beginning of wisdom but also because under our "coat of paint" lies a heart whose c o l o u r is the same for people of all ethnicities, creeds, religions, and backgrounds," said Bobby Dozier, Alumnus of the Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

This web site creator truly believes that if you let someone push their way in front of you, sooner or later they will stand on top of you. When we substantiate the diversity value judgment in our actions, all of us will be viewed by each other as a somebody, and the rules for the future will change. I support systematizing...period. "Truth crushed to the ground will rise again!" - Rev. Paul Scott, Durham, North Carolina.


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