Lately I haven't felt like my voice or opinion at work is valued or even listened to. Now that I think of it more, I wish I had written down these instances, because they have been happening since I got here in February 2020.
I work for a manufacturing and molding company, and I am the Administrative Assistant. I am used to holding these types of positions where I understand my position and the value I bring to the company. This position, however, has given me mixed signals and I honestly don't know if I am really needed at this company due to how I'm being treated.
It's probably important to note that I am a woman of color working in a predominately white company (all of management/leadership is white). The first signs of disrespect, and lack of value I noticed I had with this company was back in February when I started, and a coworker on the production floor verbally harassed me and threw a rag at me while I was passing by. I brought it up immediately to HR (consisted of exactly 2 white people) and they brushed it off like it was nothing. I went home for the day and was never talked to about it after and never learned about any action steps they were taking to figure out what happened. So basically, the employee that harassed me got away with it.
Once Covid-19 hit, I was told that I wasn't a "necessary employee" and that I would be temporarily unemployed until further notified. That lasted 3 months and I was back in June of 2020. Since I've been back I've noticed that things I bring up or requests or ideas that I propose are not taken into account , or if they are, other employees are given credit for it. One example was when I came up with a Newsletter subject to include in our weekly newsletter, and my idea was pushed aside until one day "the Events committee came up with a new idea for the newsletter!"...and you guessed it, that was my idea. No credit was given. Another example was when I was making sure to stay ahead of things on a new project my boss gave me, and I was communicating with a third party about needing the software downloaded onto my computer. The IT Tech refused to download it onto my computer (which was his job) because he needed a "final say" with leadership. I had already ran it by my boss and my boss even agreed that I needed the software on my computer but the IT Tech didn't download it until my boss set up a meeting with the three of us to talk about it.
Literally, this list of examples could go on. But my fingers hurt and I'm exhausted being a woman of color in a white company. I'm tired of not feeling heard, and I'm tired of "keeping it professional" and letting people run over me. What do I do?
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