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Workplace Harassment: Surviving the Female Corporate Psychopath

Many people suffer in silence; ridden by stress and abuse. Workplace harassment is a reality. It is abuse just like physical abuse! You should not tolerate it just because someone is paying you every month. I encourage you to rise up and protect yourselves. Report it and stop this immoral occurrence in the workplace. Here … Continue reading Workplace Harassment: Surviving the Female Corporate Psychopath

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Dealing with Workplace Harassment: The Weekly Meeting Prayer

Workplace Harassment is a reality for many people. Millions of people suffer daily, the oppression meted out by their employers. These people suffer in silence; some people become depressed and even commit suicide. Some 'go postal' and commit mass murder. Here , I will take the opportunity to share my experiences and I hope many … Continue reading Dealing with Workplace Harassment: The Weekly Meeting Prayer

Jamaican Storytelling: Excerpt from Corporate Psychopaths, Moving On by Denise N. Fyffe

Life has corners that you cannot see around. Francine received the news that her world may be changing sooner, rather than later. She felt like her world was always in flux, and not in a good way, but this time should be different. No matter, just like all those times before, she would fasten her … Continue reading Jamaican Storytelling: Excerpt from Corporate Psychopaths, Moving On by Denise N. Fyffe

How to tell if Your Boss is a Micromanager

Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary defines micromanagement as "management, especially with excessive control or attention on details". Dictionary.com defines micromanagement as "management or control with excessive attention to minor details". Still can’t decide if your manager is a micromanager, here are some signs. Does your manager resist delegating, immerse themselves in overseeing the projects of others, correct … Continue reading How to tell if Your Boss is a Micromanager

UK sternly resists paying reparations for slave trade atrocities and injustices

12 Years a Slave. William Hague described Britain's role in the trade as 'shocking', yet the UK is resisting reparation claims. Photograph: Sportsphoto Ltd/Allstar The quest for reparations for historic atrocities committed during the transatlantic slave trade is running into increasingly determined resistance from the UK government. Members of Caricom, the Caribbean's political and economic … Continue reading UK sternly resists paying reparations for slave trade atrocities and injustices

Prince Edward greets a Jamaican reception committee

Out of many, one people? Know your place!

Discrimination is still prevalent in our society and while many may ignore this, here is a commentary by someone who has done quite the opposite.

Re-blogged from Jamaica: Political Economy:  Views on what’s happening in and around the Yard

The Caribbean is full of class differences. We can argue about their origins, but undoubtedly they exist. Their proximate bases may be income, schooling, speech, skin colour and tone, gender, geography, or more. How they play out in everyday life is very varied. I’m not going to try to capture much of that, but reflect on a few recent incidents that show, worryingly in my mind, that people in Jamaica are still tied up in class knots.

Yesterday, I was on the verge of meeting one of the pinnacles of a class system–a member of a country’s royal family. Let’s not argue here about whether the British Monarchy is merely symbolic; we have them, still.

Prince Edward greets a Jamaican reception committee

We did not know what to expect, but I suspect most people were ready to be on their best behaviour.

Cut away, now, to the event to which the British prince was coming. I was out playing golf, and having a good time interacting with my playing partners and the two caddies they were sharing. It was a hot day, and we had all been doing the smart thing of taking in fluids, thanks to one of the sponsors, Wisynco, who had provided ample supplies of Wata (plain and flavoured). Being on a golf course for four hours or so, drains energy, and most players will bring food with them. I have protein bar, trail mix, and often take a carb filler, like bulla. This time, we were treated to the offer of a beef patty about midway through the play. One player asked if there were patties for the caddies. “No! No food for the caddies!” we were told in a very hostile manner.

Now, perhaps I have become too sensitive because of my years living in Europe and the USA, but there are ways of denying something to one group of people that is being offered to another group, especially when both groups are present. The caddies seemed to understand how things operated and got back to handling clubs, wiping balls, finding balls, helping read greens and generally keeping the players on an even keel. The players in my group had a discussion about this incident. We were agreed that it was both distasteful and unnecessary. Sorry, if there are 80 players and they each get a patty, then the caddies numbering no more than half that figure could be offered that basic and relatively cheap food (about US$1.10 each; call that US$90). If someone felt that the caddies needed to be ‘kept in their place’, they could even have each been offered half a patty (call that between US$20-45).

Golf has had a long history of making it very clear that caddies and players are not equals.tiger caddy In the US, that had the overlay of racism, with black caddies having a different and worse form of discrimination to deal with. One of the sweet ironies of all that is, two of the greatest ever golf players, Sam Snead and Ben Hogan, were products of caddy shacks. One of the other sweet ironies is that the best player in the modern area is a black player–one of very few golf professionals who are not white.

Caddies in Jamaica have their work on the course as their main source of income. Don’t work, don’t get paid. Do something extra, you may make a little extra. Treat your players right and the world will be a better place. Many players have regular caddies, whom they trust and work with closely. Despite that close relationship, both sides know that most club houses are off-limits for caddies; settlement of fees has to take place before the player ‘goes into the club house’. It gets interesting when you have a caddy playing in a tournament, but of course the new and old roles are not confused.

Some people love to have the opportunity to make sure that they put people in the category that they need them to hold. “Know your place!”

While the prince was presented to the players and organizers of the event, from what I had heard, he was never presented to the caddies.

There is a deeper set of issues at play, so to speak, as far as Jamaica is concerned.

Jamaica: Political Economy

The Caribbean is full of class differences . We can argue about their origins, but undoubtedly they exist. Their proximate bases may be income, schooling, speech, skin colour and tone, gender, geography, or more. How they play out in everyday life is very varied. I’m not going to try to capture much of that, but reflect on a few recent incidents that show, worryingly in my mind, that people in Jamaica are still tied up in class knots.

Yesterday, I was on the verge of meeting one of the pinnacles of a class system–a member of a country’s royal family. Let’s not argue here about whether the British Monarchy is merely symbolic; we have them, still.

Prince Edward greets a Jamaican reception committee Prince Edward greets a Jamaican reception committee

We did not know what to expect, but I suspect most people were ready to be on their best behaviour.

Cut away, now, to the event to…

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