- Producer08/12/2016The Rise of Organizational MediocrityThroughout my career, I've made it a point to stand in the line of excellence, it was much shorter than the one next to me, mediocrity. Over time I watched my line shrink and the other grow at an exponential rate. The people standing in my line...
Comments24/01/2017 #4 Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝Agreed! Mediocrity is more like a disease, which unfortunately is hard to treat and, most importantly, easy to tolerate nowadays. If everyone had an attitude of excellence (which doesn't mean that you have to be excellent but at least make an effort for that), the world would be such a great place...08/12/2016 #3 Preston Vander VenGreat Article. I wanted to share what I heard in an audio I was listening to. The speaker said that mediocrity was the result of the comfort or slight discomfort zone and excellence was result of someone taking action due to two reasons. The first reason of this action is a vision, like a positive goal, and the second is not a set destination yet only to leave where they are, their "pain".
He ended comparing mediocrity with a joke about dog laying on a porch making moaning sounds. The friend of the owner of the dog says, "What is wrong with your dog?" The dog's owner replies, "He is laying on a nail. It just doesn't hurt enough to move."08/12/2016 #1 Renée 🐝 CormierThere are many things that get accepted by people in organizations that should never be tolerated. Any sales manager could tell you that. The truth is, life itself is full of things we accept that should not be tolerated. We live in the circumstances we are in (good or bad) purely out of choice. Human nature is to choose the path of least resistance. We continually seek out comfort unless being uncomfortable in the short-term will give us greater comfort in the long- term (but not always). Very few people are willing to look deep enough into the future to predict the long-term consequences of any given set of behaviours.
- Producer13/11/2016Surviving a Toxic OrganisationToxic Organisations impact the organisation's most valuable member, its employee. How can employees survive a toxic organisation and is it as simple as one would think? Probably not, however this post will look at the signs that an...
Comments15/11/2016 #32 Pamela 🐝 Williams#28 It's why I share my story Melinda. I've seen people stay in those environments, hoping things will change, but they don't. I stuck to it for three years before I finally accepted the inevitable. I never regretted my decision. No job is worth risking your health and happiness.13/11/2016 #28 Melinda Brain#22 Pamela, thank you so much for sharing your experience and for being upfront and personal with us. I hoped that by doing this post that it would resonate personally with people that are either currently experiencing or have experienced a toxic culture before. My job is done here.13/11/2016 #25 Jan 🐝 BarbosaWorked for years under a Toxic Workplace... early on
Discovered that Toxic Bosses dont join a business by chance.. most Are brought by someone HIGHER up the chain
Of command... That protects them form being chastised for their actions.:. My advice to anyone in a toxic enviroment ???? Leave As Soon As POSSIBLE!!!! Use time to look for another job... because as low as you can go wont make you invisible.... pack and leave... never look back...13/11/2016 #24 Graham🐝 EdwardsNice Buzz @Melinda Brain... my experience is leaders create culture and leaders change cultures. It is important to keep culture a topic of conversation and something that is always part of your back pocket list of questions when a leader comes to visit.
What is the vision for the company's culture? What is your ideal culture for continued growth and employee engagement? What are your thoughts on how we can continue to develop our culture to be/ or maintain being the leader in the industry? All somewhat loaded questions and move the discussion of culture from "lip service" to actual discussion. I look forward to more of your thoughts on corporate culture, etc. Thanks !13/11/2016 #23 Mohammed A. Jawad#22 @Pamela 🐝 Williams Sometimes hard times and oppression by others become unbearable. But, then in such circumstances, you have to be persevering, bold and ready enough to make right decisions. Some periods of suffering are like ordeals, rest become lessons and memory. Best is to brush off the painful past and recall only that made you courageous to withstand hardships. This is the mettle, the spirit and worthwhile inspiration that makes our living on the go and celebrate ahead with newer initiatives to be always cheery. May the Almighty Lord lead you on the upright, cherishing pathway. Wishing all success, good times ahead!13/11/2016 #22 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsMelinda, welcome to beBee and thank you for writing your first post. I fought for survival in an extremely toxic work environment for three years. I somehow became the target of sanctified colleague abuse. The HR Manager to whom I went suddenly took early retirement and I was one of the few staff members he stopped by to say goodbye and "wish me the best of luck with the company". I ended up on extended leave twice due to surgery. I was seeing a stress counselor and making sure to take vacations. I would get several calls a day during the vacations and when I returned things would have changed that made my job more difficult. It was the death of my beloved grandfather that showed me just how low these people would stoop when I returned and found a cheap, half dead plant on my desk with a note that said: sorry for your loss. In addition someone had been in my office and I couldn't find anything. No sympathy for my grief, they were on me immediately with demand after demand. It took less than a year before I resigned. I wrote a comment on a management blog about my experience and was totally open and honest about everything, including things I thought I could have done different. They came back with the same advice as you; I did the only thing I could do; leave. Once management starts condoning inhuman treatment by their staff, the game is over; leave.13/11/2016 #19 Daphne LokI have worked in the area of HR both in Asia and Australia. In Australia, overall there is greater awareness about bullying and as a company, we instituted new policies and compliance training on workplace bullying when the anti-bullying legislation was introduced by Fair Work. I have personally investigated a number of complaints about workplace bullying, most of the time we were able to resolve the issues fairly quickly and the relevant parties either apologised or faced disciplinary action and the issues were mostly satisfactorily resolved.
I am now back in Malaysia and I have found that unfortunately there is very little awareness about the issues of workplace bullying and there is almost no support for employees who happen to work under a superior who is bullying or harassing them. The power distance is much bigger between the employer and employee and hierarchical and command/control styles of management is very strong and especially entrenched in Asia.
Therefore when an employee works under a boss who is who abuses his staff by withdrawing support in public or uses harsh verbal public reprimand, there is very little an employee can do, except to suffer in silence, hide their emotions and swallow their pride and manage their own anxiety and this can go on or years, unless the employee finally leaves. Thanks for your article.13/11/2016 #18 Itziar Ruiz LópezThanks Melinda for this Producer. It's true everything that you say. Currently, I think there are a lot of toxic organizations. As @Javier 🐝 beBee said. It's because there are people whose behavior it's not the correct. The best solution is to finish the relationship.
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