If there is one thing that I would add to the current discussions concerning racial equality, and injustice it is this – please don’t collude. According to the Cambridge online dictionary, collude, means to act together secretly or illegally in order to deceive or cheat someone.
Collusion is synonymous with plotting, scheming, conniving, and corruption. Individuals who collude usually form alliances of two or more. Typically, one person ‘fronts’ the strategy, but be in no doubt; these are joint immoral enterprises. What’s more, they have little or no empathy for the impact of the diabolical strategies and, actions they visit on others.
Examples of collusion in the workplace include:
- The formulation of false or overinflated disciplinary allegations or, performance issues
- Forcing someone out of their role so that the position can be given to someone else
- Deliberately giving an individual more work than they can cope with – aka setting them up to fail
- Scapegoating an individual, and spreading false rumours
- Subverting policies, or breaching them to achieve the desired (nefarious) outcome
- Failing to speak up or call out acts of collusion
- Participating in acts that disadvantage someone else – even on the instuctions of senior colleagues
- Agreeing with others to provide false statements
Compounding and enduring damage
Few individuals on the receiving end of collusion escape entirely unscathed. Some people recover relatively quickly with few side effects. Whereas, others suffer horrendous mental afflictions and worsening of existing health conditions. To compound matters, they may also lose their jobs, careers, and self-esteem. Recovery can be a long and arduous road – and a positive outcome is not guaranteed.
Consequences of collusion
Colluders, to put it mildly, participate in high-risk corrosive behaviours Potential consequences include public exposure, disciplinary action and, or the possibility of being named as a co-respondent in legal proceedings.
Take the high road
Avoid collusion in all its forms like the plague – no matter who asks you to participate. Take the high road and treat people with kindness, fairness, dignity, and respect, even if you have to resist peer and senior pressure. Remember you are responsible for your actions or inactions. As Michelle Obama said, “When they go low, we go high.”
Aim high – you won’t regret it.
© Dawn H Jones
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