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  • prnicolev

    I definitely think you did the right thing! It's really important to stand up for what you believe in and it's awesome that you work for a company that's cool with that. Good job 🙂

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  • A message from Aus:

    Definitely think you did the right thing. There's no difference between choosing not to work on a particular client to choosing not to work in a particular industry because it goes against what you stand for.

    The underlying lesson is that all young professionals, no matter what industry, should have the ability to approach their managers regarding such sensitive issues. Even more so in PR/Communications due to the nature of our work and what we are sometimes required or expected to achieve.

    Kudos to your employers for allowing the 'open door policy'.

    Though, I'd suggest looking at a couple of new friends with some of their advice (haha).

  • You absolutely did the right thing. As Nicole said below, it's fantastic that you work for a company that is ok with that. As a young, future PR pro, I want to make sure that I work at a company or agency that will do that.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Tom
    @TomOKeefe1

  • I'm the first person to say when you are new at a job or lower on the ranks that you must work to earn your spot…your boss gives you 20 new things to do on top of the 10 you already had? Your response is please ma'am/sir, may I have another? Haha I think I just had really tough teachers who beat that into my head.

    In the end, if your heart isn't in an account…worse, you are steadfast against the account and have an ethical dilemma with it, you won't do your best work and the client won't get what they signed on for. It's inevitable. Very few can put such beliefs aside to work on clients like this.

    Kudos to you.

  • Wow, big up on you! Good stuff, i think you def did the right thing.

    However, various factors impacted your ability to take this proactive action in the first place. The very fact that your environment was also conducive to this is key; many agencies are not and that's one of the problems. Taking the personal step in and of itself is hard enough, the outside factors should not hinder the decision… alas, not always (usually) the case.

    Personally, I've felt that i walked the line a few times, but think i can't say there was anything that was def against my core set of beliefs… but who knows, maybe that's the early morning koolaid talking =)

    Great post.

  • stephmajercik

    I agree with everyone else in saying that I think you definitely did the right thing. Its so important to stand up for our beliefs, and its great that your boss was understanding to that.

  • cnkin

    I too agree! I think it is definitely right to stand up for what you believe in and how could you even do a good job if you were not all the way into your project. I hope my boss and company would act the same way!

  • cnkin

    I too agree! I think it is definitely right to stand up for what you believe in and how could you even do a good job if you were not all the way into your project. I hope my boss and company would act the same way!