Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Empathy: Don’t Judge

No matter how many times we hear the old phrase, “Don’t judge people” or “It’s not our place to judge,” we more than likely find ourselves doing it anyway; we just don’t want to admit it. Whether subconsciously or not, we still find ourselves judging those around us, whether it is based on their clothes, job title, the way the talk or walk, gender, hair color, skin color, etc. When someone is speaking or completes a task, what do you think in your head? Do you automatically make comments on how their assignment was too easy or that the way they speak is subpar to the group? Of course you would never say this out loud or tell them directly, but in your mind you have already made up your mind about them.

Thoughts like this cause us to judge people more and more which can create barriers between people and lose connections and chances to network over time. Every person has an “inside person” and an “outside person.” We see the outside person every day and try to form our own opinions without seeing everything first. Don’t forget that there is an inside person as well that has an entirely different side.

Until next time ...


Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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