“I can’t breathe” were the last words uttered by Eric Garner as he died from a chokehold by New York City police. In recent weeks, those words have been used as a form of protest against police brutality and it’s military state in general. NBA stars beginning with Derrick Rose to Lebron James have join the protest by wearing t-shirts emblazoned with those infamous last words.
In the workforce many of us feel like we can’t breathe due to various reasons. From a micromanaging supervisor that stifles your creativity. To the coworker that’s constantly interrupting your work to ask questions about their work. Or even a management team that engages in strategic flip flopping. To the supervisor that claims your good ideas as their own, but hangs you out to dry if the idea fails.
If more of us in the workforce had an outlet to protest the nonsense we have to deal with at work, what would we do? Could we do it collectively? What would our t-shirts say? Would love to hear your suggestions.