According the World Health Organization, by the year 2020 the greatest cause of lost time from work is expected to be mental illness and we know well that stress is a gateway to mental illness. In recent events at PEI Brewing Company and Systemair participants discussed the importance of a respectful workplace as well as the costs associated with a disrespectful workplace
In a round table, participants provided their thoughts on what a respectful workplace should look like:
- Positive environment
- Safe & Healthy
- Good team – same direction and goals
- Some personal knowledge of co-workers
- Safe environment – physical, mental and emotional
- Valued – inclusive
It seems as though most expect / want the same things in their workplace, so where are we missing the boat? Possibly defining some of the behaviors associated with a disrespectful or toxic workplace would be helpful. If you can relate to any of these in your facility then there may be opportunity for change.
- Destructive Gossip
- Taking Credit for others work
- Extreme micromanaging
- Setting others up to fail
- Overt or covert punishment – abuse of position – intimidation
- Yelling, swearing or ridiculing others
- Offensive, derogatory or sexually explicit behaviour
- Direct or indirect threats
- Disrespect in any form causes stress and, according to Statistics Canada, the cost of employee absence due to bullying and harassment is $12 billion per year.
Let’s break it down….
Turnover + Opportunity Lost + Absenteeism + Presenteeism + Legal Defense Cost + Dispute Res. + Trial Costs + Settlements + WC/Disab Fraud Investig = The Routine Cost of Allowing Bullies to Harm Others with Impunity.
- Certainly no company intends to have a disrespectful workplace so here are a couple of points to ponder:
- If you don’t step in, you’re supporting it – Your culture becomes the behavior that you allow
- 90% of workplace harassment is never reported.
Thank you to Tim Kelly for providing statistics and expertise around this topic. Tim recommends that companies develop a ‘respectful workplace’ policy and, more importantly, train employees on what it is, what it means, the steps to take if there is an incident and the outcomes if not followed.
Thanks as always to the folks at Systemair and PEI Brewing Company for welcoming participants into their facilities and provided plant tours.
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