Tribalism in the workplace

I liked this. Another solution is opening many more organisations which demonstrate equity.


I have worked in my company as a supervisor for over 6 years. I am always overlooked for promotion because I don’t belong to a particular tribe. I am frustrated and angry but I can`t leave my job because I fear unemployment. What can I do to improve my conditions at work?



Dear John,

This is indeed a difficult situation you are in. A standard answer would be to ask you to confront your human resources department and lodge a complaint. But I suspect that this would not be a solution for you.

Here is what I suggest you do.

  • You need to be sure that you are not the actual problem. By honestly reflecting on your own performance and character and then seeking the opinion of others, you can have an idea whether your employers are right or not in their stance against you.
  • In…

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