At a recent three-day convention, I was slated to present the opening keynote for the next day and a workshop on communication the third day. It has always been my practice when time permitted, to come in a day early so I could hear other speakers, feel the energy of the group and if there is another main speaker, to make sure that I hear him or her.
Women, Sabotage & Bullying … Oh My!
Women are more likely to sabotage other women, rather than harass men. It’s a form of gender harassment. Why should women be treated any different? Harassment—whether caused by men or women—is a problem.
American businesses lose billions of dollars each year in lost productivity because of its unwillingness to deal with this issue. Verbal and physical abuse, sabotage and bullying should be in no workplace. Ever.
Carefronting Employees in Your Midst …
You’ve been recently promoted to manager of your department. You loved being on staff, but the management role hasn’t been what you expected. Your pre-management department friends seem to have new expectations from you (as you do from them). The camaraderie you relished for the past two years has almost disappeared.
Nasty and demeaning behavior is alive and well in the workplace today. It’s not exclusive to gender and breeds easily. In fact, the bad economy acts as a breeder.The Susans (and Sams) of the workplace who practice the art of being pit bulls, bullies and jerks are the latest topic of author and management consultant Robert Sutton.