“Time” Magazine “Silence Breakers” Exposes Deep Corporate Culture Flaw
It should also be the figurative alarm bells going off in Human Resource departments in every organization, every privately and publicly held company, every single workplace employing from 2 people to 200,000.
With so many people coming forward from so many different places of employment with credible complaints and evidence of harassment in the workplace, there is a reality that must be faced. Faced without fear and with the courage to not merely recognize the problem, but admit it’s real, and fiercely dedicate individuals and organizations to rectify it without making excuses.
Human Resource Departments, and the professionals that dedicate their lives to the cause of a safe and harmonious workplace, are in desperate need of help.
They are either overwhelmed, understaffed, lacking in and desperately pleading for the necessary training to prevent these issues from coming to their explosive conclusion, or something much more infectious to a positive corporate culture.
Management doesn’t believe there’s a problem, stating “that could NEVER happen here”. They operate on the premise that harassment in the workplace is “no big deal”, just another form of camaraderie or “doing business”. And without question a factor in many instances, harassment can be easily swept under the rug due to the employee fear of losing their job.
Go ahead and please tell me I’m wrong. I welcome a correction in this part of the conversation. However, if we’re all being adults here and being truly honest, we will all admit these are all tentacles to a problem that has been allowed to fester for decades, even generations.
Stop pointing the “Finger of Blame” and take responsibility
Let’s make one thing crystal clear. This is not an indictment of Human Resources departments. It’s easy to point a finger of blame at one group, but this is about so much more. This is about corporate culture and the need for a new and much more intense level of training for everyone from the CEO on down to the newbie employee.
The time has come for every Corporate owner, every level of management, every HR Department to reassess what they do, how they do it, how they react, and the absolute necessity of training their workers on what is proper and what is not in the workplace.
From NBC (Matt Lauer), CBS (Charlie Rose), Harvey Weinstein (Miramax), Bill O’Reilly (FOX), on down to workers in law offices, doctors offices, insurance firms, grocery stores, fast food outlets and every form of workplace interaction, there is a culture earthquake that has been bubbling for decades.
Time to stop making excuses and do something about it. Right. Now.
The toughest part of this necessary change? Company and organization management/ownership MUST admit there’s a problem. They MUST commit themselves to changing the culture. They MUST put their egos aside. And then they MUST bring in the expert that will assist HR in creating a culture worthy of respect and pride for everyone.
Recently I rejected the opportunity to work with a Washington DC-based company when their HR Manager looked me squarely in the eye and said, “Why the Hell would I bring you on board when all you’re doing is trying to take my job and prove I’m no good at what I do?”
I knew right there this individual was part of the problem I’m writing about. No amount of training would help here. This organization was and remains one that refuses to see the problem right there, exposed for all to see.