The Only POC on a Team

posted by Rhiannon at 7:38 PM

I recently got promoted into a role that aligns with my career trajectory. Although I'm happy my white managers brought up my name for an amazing opportunity, I saw that the new team I joined was all white people. This isn't much of a surprise, but given the nature of current racial issues I feel like I've been set up. (I may just be paranoid.) Anyways, I find myself wondering about my previous managers intentions. Did he bring my name up in the room for his own selfish reasons? Did he need to check off a box for HR? Was moving me from his team to his managers team a business strategy for his own success? Or did he really see my value-add? My new team includes full time white employees. I am the only person of color who is a contractor. I'm already different from the rest. My on-boarding has been slow due to our company scrambling to figure out how to find ways to support Black employees. My main concern is that I feel that I'm being set up for failure.

 

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Jaylen 3:23 PM

What does their intentions have to do w/ your abilities? That should not be your concern at all. Bluntly put, can you do the job or not? Whatever their intentions are you have to decide if you want to rise to the challenge. The failure isn't in whether you make a mistake on the job but it's in allowing yourself to be defeated, fearful, and focusing on what you can't control. I would take advantage of the opportunity and walk in that room knowing I am more than qualified and able. Yes companies are scrambling in this racial climate but the outcome should be opportunity. If you are getting that opportunity, even if it is rooted in them trying to respond to what is happening in society, guess what, you have been given an opportunity, run with it. If you are not confident in your ability to do the job talk to your management about the skills required and ask if there is any additional training you can be provided to bring you up to speed or simply decline the opportunity.

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Rinalds 6:10 PM

you couldn't have explained that better

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Kaua 3:33 PM

That’s very interesting but not uncommon these mind games are always played with POC unfortunately. I believe in this new environment we will began to see more POC in managerial and leadership roles.

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