Category Archives: Jerk-Free Workplaces

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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Top 10 Bad Boss Warning Signs

Many people have had the unfortunate experience of working for a bad boss.  Besides job search resources like eBossWatch, there are clues that job seekers can learn to pick up on to help spot the toxic bosses before it’s too late.

The Monster.com blog has put together 10 warning signs of a toxic boss. The list includes signs such as disrespectful behavior and defensive body language.  Ignore these signs during the job interview, and you might find yourself in a hostile work environment

Click here for all ten toxic boss warning signs.

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Tulsa company commits to ‘jerk-free’ workplace

Road Science, a leading technology company for the road paving industry, has announced that it is partnering with The People Group to establish a bully-free work environment.

The People Group is a Tulsa consulting firm specializing in positive people practices.  Kevin Kennemer, founder and partner of The People Group, will be providing positive people practice strategies to Road Science to help attract and retain the best talent through innovative compensation and benefits, as well as a revolutionary, healthy and attractive work environment.

Brian Majeska, Chief Operating Officer at Road Science, commented, “Any success we achieve in the future will be based on the environment we are creating today; an ethical environment of trust, belief, collaboration and innovation.”