I found this very interesting. On yesterday I went to a happy hour function with my college roommate with a few people he knew from his job. It was for another sister who was leaving their company and going to ATL.
My boy is 30 years old and has been at this same Fortune 500 company since we got out of college. He has started at the bottom of the chain and worked his way up. He now is a manager of 50 or so people and his the nice "office" now.. So I am very proud of him. he deserves it.
Now back to the function. There were probably 20 people at the function. Maybe 1 or 2 whites, a few latinos, and the rest of us were black. Of the blacks there were only 3 black men and like 10 black women so I was happy As the night went on the black women kept raggin on my boy because at work I guess he never speaks to them or says hello. He just acts like they do not exist according to them. So they were shocked that outside of work he is cool, about as "black" as they come, etc.
But this bothered me because I make it my duty to speak to another black while at work especially in corporate America. He explained it to them that at work you have to play the game to stay ahead.. but does playing the game mean totally ignorning your folks? So I told him you are at a point where you have put in work at that company and you should not be afraid to embrace other blacks who are there.
want to know what is your take on all of this.. mine is regardless of where you are, you need to make time for your people. And if your job does not like you interacting with your people then that is not the place for you..