The Open Letter Your Employees Won't Write

I don't know if I can trust you.
I'm not listening to your speeches or reading your blogs.
And I skipped the town hall as well. It's true.
Your official emails are very long. But they don't say too much.
Did you know that your eyes dart back and forth in conversation?
Most of the time you're hard to get, if at all.
What is it you're hiding? Where are you when something is going wrong?
I'm the one who's out there all day, busting my butt to get the work done.
I literally have an impossible job.
Would you throw me under the bus?
Sometimes I feel like I'll never know.
Until I feel like you've got my back, I'll be keeping my options open.
Dannielle Blumenthal is a seasoned communications professional with nearly two decades of progressive, varied experience in the public sector, private sector, and academia as well as her own independent, freelance sole proprietorship. This blog is written in her personal capacity and does not reflect the views of her employer or the U.S. government as a whole. Photo by Oli Young via Flickr.


Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal is an author, independent brand researcher, and adjunct marketing professor with 20 years of varied experience. An avid researcher and prolific, creative writer, Dr. Blumenthal's interests span communication, marketing, qualitative media content analysis, political rhetoric, propaganda, leadership, management, organizational development, and more. An engaged citizen, she has for several years worked to raise awareness around child sex trafficking and the dangers of corruption at @drdannielle on Twitter. You can find her articles at Medium, and, and she frequently answers questions on Quora. All opinions are Dr. Blumenthal's own.