Could you imagine a workplace where you could simply show up to work, get your job done, and not have to deal with any of the – for lack of better words – bullshit?
Kim Scott, the author of the New York Times bestseller Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity, believes there is such a place.
From current topical issues including racism, harassment, and gender discrimination, Scott’s latest is an essential guide for leaders and their employees who want (and need) to create a more just workplace while establishing the collaborative norms and respect needed to succeed.
Sarah Kuns, managing director of Cleo Capital, had this to say about JUST WORK, “You will learn how to recognize and eradicate the bias, bad behavior, and discrimination that is holding back your team and company from succeeding at the highest levels possible.”
In what is seemingly a critical time for society as a whole, JUST WORK tackles the corporate side of things with Scott’s timely piece!
JUST WORK: Get Sh*t Done, Fast & Fair
Scott, best-selling author, Google, and Apple executive, wastes little time cutting right to chase in Just Work by quickly addressing some everyday workplace injustices: bias, prejudice, and bullying.
Using personal anecdotes mixed with stories from others throughout part one of the book, “The Root Causes of Workplace Injustice,” Scott successfully identifies what these most frequent workplace issues look like while simultaneously providing readers with steps to address each.
Case in point, dealing with prejudice head-on.
By using an “It” statement, Scott details how to demarcate workplace prejudice effectively. For example, leaders can teach employees how to face possible prejudice appropriately. “It is disrespectful/cruel/etc. to . . . call a grown woman a girl.”
Using “You” statements to tackle bullying issues to “I” statements to invite others to see your perspective in the work environment, JUST WORK establishes timely ways to navigate the most common issues plaguing corporate structures.
Part 2: Caution: Power imbalance
It is one thing to tackle the most common injustices like bias and prejudice, but what about the power imbalances that can lead to discrimination, harassment, and physical violations.
During part two of JUST WORK, Scott attempts to distort the corporate structures that allow for systemic issues such as discrimination, harassment, and physical violations. In part two, Scott does a great job of equipping leaders with meaningful steps to tackle these issues, such as applying checks and balances while also quantifying bias to tackle the problem.
From providing readers with strategies to fight discrimination and harassment without blowing up their career to
Part 3: Systemic justice and injustice
In JUST WORK‘s final pages, Scott elaborates on the different dynamics that drive the injustices of the corporate workspace (and society), such as the “Coercion Dynamic.”
Ending on an optimistic note after sludging through some challenging – but necessary – topics, Scott concludes with the sheer fact that JUST WORK is more successful and fun. “In an environment where we feel secure, comfortable, and on an equal footing – we can do some of our best work,” this is what JUST WORK is about, making this possible.
Solutions, not just awareness
It’s one thing to be aware of work culture issues, but as Scott eloquently puts it, “When
we feel helpless in the face of a problem; we tend to retreat into denial.”
Scott goes on to describe how denial is the heartbeat of most injustices. Hence, while awareness is a significant first step, the next logical course of action that must occur is to identify solutions, “Things we can do to begin improving.”
Simply being aware does nothing when it comes to creating outcomes. In wrapping up, if you’re a leader or even an employee and you require a must-have guide to tackling workplace cultural injustices, JUST WORK is a great start.
Because in the end, what company doesn’t just want to respect their employees and have a culture of JUST WORK?