Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Mob Rules

"If you listen to fools....the mob rules!"

I've been struggling with words lately. Words like homophobia and bullying. What makes this worse, is that I hear these words in the context of the workplace. Are you kidding me? In the workplace? Where the hell is HR? Where is the organization's leadership?

Is anybody out there?!

Zero Tolerance and Lip Service
Doesn't it feel good when you hear an organization proclaim they have a zero tolerance for bad behavior? It's supposed to. But when the news is filled with the words mentioned above, it makes me wonder if many organizations simply pump out their own propaganda but don't have the courage to back it up.

That's bad HR.

Justice In The Workplace
Today is the perfect day to hold the bullies, and homophobic bigots accountable for their jokes, innuendos and crude jokes (usually accompanied by nervous laughter from those listening but who have no backbone to do something about it.) Don't be the wallflower leader that listens and feels embarrassed but never does anything.

Take a stand for all people.

How About You
Are you ready to challenge everyone in your organization who believe it's okay to bully those who might be different from them? Do you have what it takes to stand alone (trust me, you'll be alone more often than you think) and do the right thing?

I'd love to hear from you.

No Excuses.

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  1. Challenging unacceptable behaviors isn't for the weak - it's called leadership. Social justice should begin within the doors of our organizations.

  2. Jay - Nice job calling out HR leadership for tolerating homophobia and bullying. Now it is time to call out all leadership -- from the C-Suite to line management on the same thing. If you listen to bigotry and stand silent, you are the problem.

    1. Thanks Carter...I completely agree. Now is not the time to be silent.