Tag Archives: workplace fairness

The Keeper’s Prayer

4 Dec

I pray that I do not shame my ancestors or those who have sacrificed so that I may prosper.

I hope I never let good people get hurt while I stand by in silence.

May I never feign ignorance or have apathy toward the plight of others.

Help me to avoid the guilty feelings and shame that causes some to cry in private for being a coward.

On this day, I declare that all is well with my soul.

I am cloaked in the garment of truth and justice.

As real as the fear of danger may be, I forge ahead for the sake of righteousness.

I clearly understand that it could be them today, and me tomorrow.

May I be listed among those who is living a purposeful life, and that my family, friends, and co-workers respect me as such.

I am a sincere sayer of this, the Keeper’s Prayer.helping hand

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Tyrone Turner’s Appeal

26 Sep

As a student of United States history, I found David Walker’s Appeal to be very moving and a great example of self-help and what private citizens can do to promote societal changes. In the spirit of David Walker, I present Tyrone Turner’s Appeal. This is an appeal to elected officials to revisit “At Will Employment” doctrine and replace it with a “Just Cause Termination” standard. I have personally witnessed and experienced the vicious bite of the current system, and things most certainly have to change.

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Robert Greene lists one of the strategies in his book, The 33 Strategies of War, as “Transform Your War Into a Crusade: Morale Strategies”. Well, I am at war with the “At Will Employment” doctrine and seek its death.

Will you join me in this fight or will you sit by and wait until you or someone you care about is affected?

Take a look at the below template below. You can copy and paste it into the body of an email or create a document that you can fax, hand-deliver, or snail mail it to your elected officials. I faxed and emailed copies to my elected officials.

Here is the template:

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VIA [EMAIL or FAX]

[Date]

[Title and Name]
[Email Address or Fax Number]

Re: Replace “At Will Employment” with “Just Cause Termination”

Dear [Title and Name]:

Thank you in advance for taking time out of your busy day to read my letter. I am one of your constituents and I voted for you in the last election. In our struggling economy, many of your constituents are underemployed or unemployed. Those of us that are unemployed may have become so via being fired. A lot of terminations are done on the premise of “At Will Employment.” A viable alternative to this standard was proposed in The Model Employment Termination Act by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws back in 1991, but there has not been any true reform yet. A copy of the proposed law is attached.

My arguments will cover the fairness of it all and more pragmatically, the domino effect that “At Will Employment” has caused on our society’s economy and quality of life as far as public safety is concerned. I will also touch on the growing prevalence of the “Bully Boss.”

Thank you for all that you’re doing to create jobs in my district, but once a job is attained it must be kept. It goes without saying that a new hire must do her/his part to remain employed, but perhaps the employer has a duty to the employee by giving that employee a fair way to defend herself/himself at work and avoid losing her/his job. This is where “At Will Employment” falls very, very short.

Under the current “At Will Employment” standard that is the current practice in 49 out of 50 states in our union, an employer may terminate the employment of an employee at any time for any reason or no reason at all. As long as that reason isn’t discrimination or retaliation against a protected class as stated in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an employee’s employment may be terminated and the onus is on the terminated employee to prove that she/he was discriminated or retaliated against. It is a given that this is unfair being that if someone is in fact a victim of illegal discrimination or retaliation, they are reeling from that ordeal that has been further exacerbated by losing their job. People rely on the income generated by their jobs to handle the basics; food, clothing and shelter. Once they lose their income, their world literally comes crashing down.

When individuals are terminated, they add an additional burden to our already stressed governmental budget. They will file for unemployment, food stamps, welfare, seek public housing, lose their health insurance and rely on public clinics and hospitals, etc. These services create bigger government and tie-up money that can be used elsewhere. Mental health issues may also ensue as a result of a job termination. When someone’s mind “isn’t right,” they may resort to violence, therefore becoming a public safety concern.

Companies and organizations are well aware of the current state of our stressed economy so some of them are being a little more callous with the way they treat employees. In a September 20th, 2013 FORBES article entitled “How To Deal With A Bullying Boss,” Jacquelyn Smith discusses how workplace bullying creates a hostile work environment. A copy of the article is attached. The thing that really jumped out at me in the article was again, how private citizens have to do all of the work to protect themselves and there are no legal restrictions against workplace bullying. Certainly that has to change.

[Title and Name], now is the time to usher in a new Progressive Era by replacing “At Will Employment” with “Just Cause Termination.” If an employee is a poor performer or problematic in some other way (e.g., tardiness, absenteeism, insubordinate, etc.), it is not terribly difficult for an employer to document and present such as a just reason to terminate that employee’s employment. The corrective action process should be clearly outlined and adhered to. As your constituent that voted for you in the last election, please look into replacing the “At Will Employment” standard with the “Just Cause Termination” standard.

I am ready, willing and able to support your efforts in bringing this change about at the grassroots level.

Thank you so much.

Sincerely,

[Your Signature in Blue Ink]
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[Your Address Line 2]
[Your Phone Number]
[Your Fax Number – if available]
[Your Email Address]

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If we all pull together, A Change Gonna Come.

As this video shows, when the little guy fights back, the bully backs off.


Thanks for your time and please stand up for your rights.

8 Ways to Fight Back Against Horrible Bosses

23 Sep

Here is my latest SlideShare presentation.

I hope that you find it helpful.

Please let me know what you think.

Thank you.

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So, How Does It Feel?

7 Sep

This is a 10-part Triple Rhyme Poem that talks about karma. According to Dictionary.com, karma is “the principle of retributive justice determining a person’s state of life and the state of his reincarnations as the effect of her/his past deeds.”

You do reap what you sow. Good and bad. I’ve been blessed with good fortune at unexpected and oftentimes moments when I was on the brink of despair. I’ve also done my share of dirt and have been on the receiving end of this boomerang myself and let me tell you, it was not a pleasant experience.

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I hope you like this poem.

“So, How Does It Feel?”

© 2013 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved

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After you pulled your mess I thought about you on Two Occasions; day and night.

Mama Said Knock You Out and I’m mentally and physically built for war and ready to fight.

It is most definitely time for the Payback because what you did was wrong and it is going to be made right.

Don Corleone from The Godfather said, “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”

My initial impulse was to go Boogie Down and make you Ante Up truth be told.

Justice is sweeter than revenge and platinum is more valuable than gold.

I stepped away from vengeful thinking because I have a different Method, Man.

Work hard, be fair in your dealings, and be open to learning new things should always be part of your daily plan.

Sometimes bad things happen to good people and sometimes folks fly off the handle – just ask Eminem about that dude Stan.

Exhale the anger because it consumes you and keeps you from thinking straight.

Like Colin Powell said, “Get mad, get over it, then get going” is What Makes the Great Great.

Rage makes you less than the divine being you could be so make a choice not to hate.

Sometimes there will be anxiety but when you Get Up Stand Up for what’s right be Not Afraid.

The Force, Great Spirit, Mother Nature, or whatever you want to call it makes sure that no debts go unpaid.

Righteousness is a solid rock and lies and hypocrisy dry-up and fade.

Who Do You Love and Could You Be Loved and will you do what is the right thing to do?

It is so much easier to tell the truth because when one gets caught in their lies it is sickening like having a bad case of the Spanish Flu.

It begins to feel like your insides are on fire and beginning to stew.

It didn’t have to be this way but you wanted to be a bully even though you already had the high-ground.

You constantly needed your ego stroked and needed reassurances that you were the alpha and the king of the mound.

Now my Cosmic Mama will teach you a lesson that will break you down to the very last compound.

You thought me too injured and distraught to fight back against your attacks.

You may have even thought me to be dead and stinking but the heat you brought reshaped me like molded wax.

An indomitable soul is like Bébé’s Kids because it doesn’t die, it multiplies and those are the facts.

Now look at yourself being in a world of hurt and nowhere to run and hide.

I actually pity you because now your falling because you had a cocky pride.

Standing there with your mouth and eyes opened wide.

I bet you can’t really Breathe because you’re shocked and things seem so surreal.

Karma goes 360 degrees and What Goes Around comes back around full circle like reel to reel.

So, How Does It Feel?

Labor Day Reflections

2 Sep

Labor Day is more than about sparking up the grill or being the last holiday before kids go back to school. Unions and other progressives fought to make our workplaces safe and that workers be treated with respect. However, there is still much work to be done.barbecing-bbqing-bbq-54925452499_xlarge

I say that the nation needs the Model Employment Termination Act (META). So far, out of 50 states in our union, only Montana has a version of this law –> http://bit.ly/17uLNz9. Of course, big company’s tend to fight against any legislation like this via their “donations with strings attached.” As progressives before us have don, we can make a change.

Companies are quick to remind its employees that under the “At Will” employment doctrine that they can terminate your employent at any time or for any reason. As a matter of fact, they don’t even need a reason. META requires that an employer shows just cause for terminating an employee’s employment.

We all have to usher in a new Progressive Era; like our country had in the early 20th century. We cannot as a nation condemn ourselves and our children to a future without these reforms. Also, terminations without cause create “big government” in that people are forced onto unemployment and perhaps welfare programs (e.g., AFDC and food stamps) and can cause homelessness. The adoption of META-like legislation can help take the strain off of the government. I am not an economist, but it seems to be a matter of cause and effect.

Now that you have food for thought, go enjoy your burgers and hot dogs.

It’s all about F.A.M.I.L.Y.

8 Aug

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This is an excerpt from my upcoming book, The 52 Corporate Caveats.

It will be a digital download and will be released this coming fall.

This book is an outgrowth of a poem I wrote and posted on this blog entitled “Love Your Enemies”.

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Okay, I talked about how things can suck so it is only fair that I offer a solution. You know, it always killed me on some folks criticize things but never offer alternatives. I remember when I was at a seminar a few years back and the author of The Slight Edge, Jeff Olson, said, “Have you noticed that there are no statues erected in the honor of critics?” That is so true! I committed at that moment to not criticize anything unless I was willing to work on finding a better way.

So, what with this proposed workplace code I’m not talking about bringing the kids and your spouse to work. I’m talking about a new doctrine that could be used in the workplace that could yield better results; more revenue, more happiness and more hope for advancement. F.A.M.I.L.Y. is an acronym. I would be remiss if I did not admit that this was inspired by my experience working in the direct selling industry where cooperation is encouraged over competition. A good leader should work to encourage these things in her little fiefdom in order to create the “perfect workplace.” Now, people are not perfect, but if we adopt this as our code we will get better.

Here is what F.A.M.I.L.Y. is all about:

Fairness

Everyone is to be treated with appreciation and respect, and any progress or special dates (e.g. birthdays, anniversaries with the company, promotions, etc.) should be celebrated. Your skin color, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, religion, political views, handicaps, health nor any other legally protected class should be a factor. Whether you average-looking, ugly, drop-dead gorgeous matters not. It is all about giving everyone equal access to opportunities and to due process.

Accountability

Everyone is to be held accountable for their actions and/or the lack thereof. No more “throwing others under the bus” to save one’s own hide. How can you have true success at work when everyone is suspicious of each other? Let’s all be adults and like President Harry Truman used to say, “The buck stops here.” That is the mindset that needs to be instilled in today’s workers.

Merit-based Promotions

Ideally, promotions will be based on merit. Let’ start picking the right man for the job. By the way, oftentimes, the right man for the job is a woman. Organizations can’t achieve greatness with “hooking-up” their cronies. Put the right people in right positions and beautiful things can happen.

Intrapreneurship

The best ideas come from the field. I heard that Post-It® Notes was created by a 3M employee. Companies should start paying attention that their employees have a wealth of ideas. As a matter of fact, companies oftentimes steal employee-generated ideas and claim them as their own intellectual property as per the employee handbook. Dang. At least give the employees some sort of incentives and recognition. Well, they don’t know about the F.A.M.I.L.Y. code yet so maybe they’ll do better once we school them. Nurture employees and encourage them to come up with new ways to do things or to submit product ideas. Have them take entrepreneurial-like initiatives while working for the company.
Intrapreneurship is the new cool.

Leadership

I believe that leaders are made, not born. Skills can be taught. If you want your employees to be better, Corporate America has to do better with giving them educational opportunities. This can be classroom instruction, tuition reimbursement, mentorship or cross-training. Also, leaders need to understand that you must be a servant to your employees first. Being the boss doesn’t mean that you have to be a “double S.O.B.” spelled backwards!

Yeoman Work Ethic

Projects should be handled with enthusiasm and a sense of urgency from beginning to end. Revenue is lost because of lethargic work habits. Work hard so you can play hard. Like the great rapper, Big Daddy Kane said in his song, RAW, “I worked like a slave so I can become a master.” Ideally, this is how one gets promoted.

All six parts of F.A.M.I.L.Y. are interdependent on each other. You have to have all of them firing on all cylinders to create the perfect workplace. Will there ever be the perfect workplace? No. Nonetheless, it is an ideal to strive for because most current options stink.