November 3, 2021

Career AdviceCommunication

Tips for Standing Up for Truth in the Workplace

By: Peyton Holliday

Not all of us have the honor to work in a workplace where our values are appreciated. And if you do have that honor, know that it is indeed an honor to be able to walk out of your office and know that you are supported for what you believe in and your workplace has your back. Even if you work in a place where your values are supported, these are still good tips for you too. It’s not guaranteed that these will work every time, but they certainly are helpful. 

Truth is a hard term to define these days in which people declare that “their truth” doesn’t have to be “your truth”. When each person has their own truth, there are many fluid ways the word truth can go. At the end of the day, though, we know that truth is solid, factual, and doesn’t change. When standing for not just our truth, but THE truth in our workplace can be challenging, but also fulfilling. Be the co-worker that stands for truth, but also is known for your ability to listen and understand those around you. It will be noticed. Below are a few things that I have learned from a few of my workplaces.

Tip 1: Don’t be Ashamed 

When confronted about what you believe in, don’t be ashamed. Confidently answer their confrontation. 

Tip 2: Know When to Keep Your Mouth Shut. 

It’s easy to speak up and speak out when your values are under-appreciated, but a key here is to know when to speak and when to keep your mouth shut. Sometimes the best way to handle the situation is to be quiet. Know when coworkers want to rile you up and when they are genuinely curious about your thoughts. 

Tip 3: A Soft Answer Turns Away Wrath 

The last thing you want in a toxic workplace where those around you don’t agree is to cause a scene. Those who cause a scene generally end up losing their job or being completely cut off from coworkers and unable to collaborate. Be the one who listens well and gives a soft answer. 

Tip 4: Know When to Leave 

While jobs are how we make money and survive in this world, there’s a point where it is not worth the pay for the way you are treated. Courtesy is something we should always have for our fellow coworkers whether or not we agree with them and if that is not extended it may be time to find a new job. 

Tip 5: Be Kind to Those Around You 

There’s the old saying about “kill them with kindness” and there’s truth to that. When you are kind to those around you it doesn’t go unnoticed. People remember how you treat them and they will emulate your attitude when they interact with you.  

Tip 6: Don’t Wear Your Feelings on Your Sleeve 

It’s easy to take everything that someone says about you personally. There are times where the words people say hurt and are meant to be taken personally, but we don’t have to take them personally. Be the person who lets the words role over like water off the back of a duck. Know that it’s better to not wear your feelings on your sleeve, but to be confident in who you are. 

Tip 7: Don’t Get in Other’s Faces 

Sometimes those we don’t agree with are quick to shake their finger and get in our faces. It’s really frustrating and no one likes it – so don’t be that person. 

Tip 8: Know When to Report Harassment: 

If someone is harassing you it’s important to not just let it slide, but to mention it to someone above you or the HR office. Harassment should not happen and if your workplace isn’t going to do anything about it, it’s time  to leave. No one should be in an environment that makes them question their safety and wellbeing.