Category: Workplace Behavior

Harassment and the cost of culture at Uber

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

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What Bad Behavior is costing your organization… and what you can do about it

[slideshare id=72154400&doc=costs-of-bad-behavior-170214210453] 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,

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How to address rising incivility in the workplace

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

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EEOC Updates Guidelines on Retaliation

In August 2016, the EEOC issued updated guidance on workplace retaliation, which replaced the previous guidance issued in 1998. During a recent Civil Treatment series webcast, Steve Paskoff, President and CEO of ELI sat down with Paula Garlen, Director of Implementation and Delivery at ELI to discuss the new guidelines

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Building a defense or creating an impact?

Ask yourself this question: When your organization plans a training initiative, which of these two statements is closer to the truth: We are holding the training so we can say we did it and have proof in case we are sued. We are planning the training to have an impact

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The hidden danger of uncivil behavior

Minimizing lawsuits is an important, but insufficient goal. Organizations can live, though painfully, with the cost of lawsuits and claims and damages. What they can’t live with though are the costs that occur from the behaviors that spawn lawsuits which exist as underlying business problems. Lack of focus, attention to

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Was a “Superstar Harasser” Out Foxed?

Less than two weeks after Gretchen Carlson filed her harassment suit against Roger Ailes, the powerful chairman of Fox News is reported to be leaving his employer with a healthy severance package. We may never know what happened. Yet, if Ailes leaves now, his name will be attached to the

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EEOC and ELI Share “A Meeting of the Minds” on Harassment

Here are some quotes from a document I read last week: “Workplace harassment remains a persistent problem.” … ““There is a compelling business case for stopping and preventing harassment” … “It starts at the top… leadership and accountability are critical” … “Training must change.” As I kept reading I thought,

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EEOC recommends new approach to harassment prevention

Last week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its recommendations for a new, more effective approach to preventing harassment in the workplace. In the 18 months prior, the Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace, worked closely with sociologists, industrial-organizational psychologists, investigators, trainers, lawyers,

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What microaggression means for your workplace

Ask five co-workers for a definition of microaggression and you will likely receive five different responses. While people may have a general idea of what microaggression is, many are unsure of its exact meaning. Understanding the definition of microaggression is important but knowing what it means for your workplace is

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