I didn’t come from money — anyone who knows me knows that I grew up in the projects of East St. Louis. But thanks to the tech revolution, I was able to gain a well-paying job. The only problem? My coworkers — and my bosses — didn’t know how to talk to me.
When I first started out working in a supervisory role, I was very strict. I decided that, as a manager, it was my duty to enforce a certain stereotype I saw played out in the annals of workplaces everywhere: demand respect, get respect. Except, that’s not what it was.