Office Favoritism: How to Combat Without Losing Your Job
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Everyone’s been privy to it: that one office or department favorite who always gets a pass, or that coworker who is always put on the top projects and positioned for advancement—deserving or not. These are classic cases of favoritism, and it’s a common practice in today’s workplace. If you’re not fortunate enough to be the favorite, here are ways to combat the issue without losing your job:

Get The Facts Before You React

Facts first. You must fully assess the situation before making an accusation. Being overlooked does not always equate to favoritism. Could you possibly have been disregarded because you didn’t perform to the expected level? Did the one being “favored” actually perform and produce better work? Check yourself quickly before you cling to the thought of being unjustly overlooked to ensure that you aren’t looking through victim-tinted glasses.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.