I conduct a seminar on Bullying in the Workplace. Usually it refers to employees but I think in this labor market, the new bullies are some employers. I hear such horror stories every day about how potential employees are treated and what goes on with employees “lucky enough” to be employed.
I have always maintained that I could get anyone in an organization fired just by placing the right hints in the right ears. It’s so easy to ruin someone’s career and reputation. In my many years in HR, I have seen this kind of backbiting, gossip and hurtful behavior more times than I want to recall.
This is a funny cartoon but I have actually had managers and supervisors tell me this over the years. “It’s not my fault I have a dysfunctional team, I inherited all these losers”. We rarely have the opportunity to come in to a new position and start from scratch building the perfect team.
Customer service seems to be a thing of the past with self service becoming the norm today. Since we all buy groceries, let’s use them as an example. Some employees and customers became incensed when the self service lanes came into being. Those wanting to use the self serve were sometimes harassed by others
I am not talking about the usual meaning of office politics this time. With the Presidential election just past, there was a lot of conversation in the workplace, sometimes heated, about the choice of party or candidate. I read a Facebook posting from a friend saying that she hoped some of her friendships would last past the election.
I can see for politicians for sure but for employees? A new casino opening in Atlantic City is taking a different approach to building their workforce by imposing term limits of four to six years for gaming employees including dealers and service workers. At the end of that time evidently they will have to “reapply”.
I was in HR for about 35 years and at times I hesitated to tell people what my profession was. Sometimes I would get a look like my dog had just pooped on their Persian rug. Others would move away like I said I was an IRS auditor. So why is that?