Daily Archives: November 15, 2009

Why CEOs should strive for a jerk-free workplace

Kevin Kennemer, president of The People Group, wrote an excellent article for Tulsa World describing the devastating effects that workplace bullying usually has on the bully’s colleagues as well as the entire company.

Kennemer mentions some of the dangerous health ailments that people who work for a toxic boss can suffer from: hypertension, heart attacks, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, etc.

And when employees suffer from physical or psychological health problems, Kennemer argues, they tend to miss work, their colleagues are less productive, and employee turnover increases, all of which are significant obstacles for companies to deal with.
Top executives often are not aware of the hostile work environment created at their companies due to the bad boss culprits having mastered the art of “causing fear down the corporate ladder while massaging egos up the ladder in order to protect their own careers.”

Nonetheless, Kennemer writes that, “a growing number of employers see the advantages of creating civil work environments with rules of engagement where jerk behavior is not allowed….Some organizations have even publicly adopted and publicized their jerk-free workplace status.”

Click here to read Kennemer’s original article.


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