Civilizing the Workplace

by Ben Teehankee

A positive work climate supports human flourishing, and managers have a role in building and protecting such a climate.

The lack of corrective feedback is a major reason why workplace nastiness thrives and even escalates to be part of the workplace culture. In contrast, some companies nip the problem at the bud by adopting rules against nastiness…

As reported by Fortune, a key part of the leadership philosophy of Paul Purcell, Baird’s President and CEO, is to enforce a “No Asshole Rule” (NAR). He shares that problematic individuals he has dealt with are consistently full of themselves and arrogant. He believes that “If we treat everyone with dignity, they will work harder and do anything for you.”

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