February 18, 2019

We Don’t Do That Here

We Don’t Do That Here - Aja Hammerly:

It turns out talking about diversity, inclusion, and even just basic civil behavior can be controversial in technical spaces. I don’t think it should be, but I don’t get to make the rules. When I’m able I’d much rather spend the time to educate someone about diversity and inclusion issues and see if I can change how they see the world a bit. But I don’t always have the time and energy to do that. And sometimes, even if I did have the time, the person involved doesn’t want to be educated.

This is when I pull out we don’t do that here.” It is a conversation ender. If you are the newcomer and someone who has been around a long time says we don’t do that here”, it is hard to argue. This sentence doesn’t push my morality on anyone. If they want to do whatever it is elsewhere, I’m not telling them not to.

I like this approach to setting culture. Particularly if you have no other tool available or your wits aren’t about you.


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