Now is the time for you to affirm your organization’s values.
I’m talking to you, people of HR.
If you have the words, “appreciation, dignity, honor, respect, teamwork, collaboration, support, cooperation” or anything along those lines in your mission, vision or values, now is the time to stand behind them.
Hopefully, you’ve done this dozens of times before, affirming your values and what they mean to the organization. Even so, this is your opportunity to show your employees that those words are more valuable than the frames they occupy in your executive conference rooms.
“But, GrubHub happened.”
Here’s the thing. You aren’t working at GrubHub.
But you can, however, learn from them. Here’s how.
Don’t belittle anyone for their politics. Standing behind your values means respecting everyone’s point of view. That’s the point!
Simply affirm that you are an organization that lives its values. Affirm that if anyone tries to intimidate, threaten or harass another person, there are policies in place to protect the victim and to hold the aggressor accountable.
There are jerks on both sides of the political aisle, but that doesn’t have to matter. This behavior simply doesn’t belong in the workplace.
Even if you just have a FEW bad apples in your organization, you still have reason to worry. If only 10% of your employee population is intimidated or angry enough to intimidate others, you’re looking at a problem that involves at least 50 people in a 500 person organization. That means a whole lot of people are miserable.
When people are miserable, they aren’t helping you OR your organization. They’re just thinking about how they’re going to get through the day.
And if that’s the case, that means you, HR, have lots of work to do.