Yesterday morning, I wrote a short blog concluding that Fox News would likely face long-term reputational damage if it allowed Bill O’Reilly to continue hosting The O’Reilly Factor. Before I could post it, Fox announced the end of O’Reilly’s twenty-year career with the network. As a broadcast superstar, Bill O’Reilly will be remembered for his persona, opinions, stellar ratings and now the acts, allegations, and settlements that caused his departure. …Continue Reading
A leading hospital was concerned about the behavior of two prominent surgeons, widely known for treating other staff with contempt, displaying frequent emotional outbursts including screaming, and making condescending remarks and insulting members of the medical team. The leadership was worried about whether the hospital was headed towards a lawsuit.
The lawyer the hospital consulted tells them there doesn’t appear to be any legal threat. The physicians don’t tell sexual …Continue Reading
The recent reports and allegations of sexual harassment at Uber have once again have highlighted the ill effects of a toxic work environment that rewards bad behavior.
In mid-February, Susan Fowler, a former Uber engineer, wrote a blog in response to the many questions she’s received about why she left the company and what her time was like while she was there. “It’s a strange, fascinating, and slightly horrifying story …Continue Reading
Guess how much bad behavior is costing your organization? It’s probably more than you think. Many organizations focus on illegal bad behavior like harassment or discrimination and lawsuits can easily cost a million dollars or more. Focusing on illegal behavior doesn’t take into consideration “legal” bad behavior like bullying, unfair or rude behavior.
Things like Bullying or Unwelcoming behaviors may not be illegal, but they are a major roadblock to your …Continue Reading
There is an epidemic of incivility in the world today. You see it in wildly varying political opinions, cyber-bullying, crude, rude, and obnoxious behavior… it’s reaching crisis proportions. Perhaps now more than ever, it’s affecting the workplace, and this behavior creates significant risk for an organization. Combating incivility in the workplace is more important now than ever.
From training to culture change
Many companies utilize training programs as a way …Continue Reading