Snitching at Work

Your Corporate Black Girl

Hey Nikki,

Can you PLEASE explain the practical dangers of snitching? Why have rules if no one observed them? I understand work can be like driving the speed limit OR the speed of traffic, but you could still get pulled over for going way outside that speed limit despite the speed of traffic. Why can I not unapologetically follow the rules?


Las Vegas, Nevada

Dear Workplace Snitch,

Snitching at work... In general, this all depends on who the audience is and what you're "snitching" about. If you're audience is your boss or someone in a position of authority, then make sure you have your facts straight, with examples. You don't want to become known as a gossip, but someone that can be trusted and has the company, department, [fill in the blank]'s interest at heart.

Lead with your intentions.

If you're trying to get someone fired, then you'll come off like a gossip but if you're really invested in what's right, then make sure that's the message that's conveyed.

What are the ramifications of "snitching" at work?

You may become known as a "snitch", or someone who can't be trusted with information. But, if that's the caliber of people you're working with, those who will label you as a "snitch", then there may be other issues. You're there to work and that's what the overall focus should be. "Snitching" isn't something you should have to concern yourself with while at work. Those around you need to level up!

Stay in your lane and focus on what's best for your team and the company. If you have to tell on someone, then do it. But make sure you have your ducks in a row and present the facts. Make sure you're conveying the right message. With this in mind, you won't have to worry about what others think of you.

You've got this,

Nikki Davis

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