I came across an article titled, A Survivor’s Guide to Bullies, Backstabbers, and Bastards. It’s advice for how to survive a bad boss. It seems that too many of our friends and family (maybe even you) are exposed to bad bosses and toxic workplaces. Agreed? I wonder why that is? Surely these bosses are missing leadership skills, or common sense, or both. Some of them are just bad people that have won a power position which they then exploit for narcissistic purposes.
Regardless of the reasons, the alleged proliferation of these bad actors is stifling good people that want to do a good job. If you’re in the workplace wellness business you’ll understand (probably from experience) that nothing you attempt will work if there is a bad boss in the environment. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve observed wellness managers trying to work around this problem.
What is the solution to a bad boss if you’re in charge
of the wellbeing of the workplace?
It’s going to take help in the form of people trained in Organizational Development, HR Law, and other leadership within that can change things at the policy level. The cure requires some street fighting experience. After all we’re talking about calling out the Bully. Until that confrontation is engaged there will be no possibility for a healthy culture.
If building a healthy culture had an algorithm you have to get by the bad boss before any progress can be made. As a result we’re taking action by engaging a team of professionals with the appropriate experience and credentials to guide us – in helping workplaces solve this challenge. It’s time to confront the elephant in the room. It’s time to make sure good people are in charge of our workplaces so that healthy cultures have an opportunity to flourish.
We’ll be updating you on our progress and plan to have tangible plans in place soon. If U.S. workplaces don’t start removing bad bosses and replacing them with good bosses, there will be no wellness program on earth that will make any difference. We have to get this one right. And we have to do it now. We’ll talk again next week.
Shawn is the President and Founder of Hope Health. For over 30 years, his work has focused on bringing clear, easy-to-read and watch health messages to the public via workplaces. He bills himself as the “Best C+ Student in the Wellness Biz” because, as he says, “I like to challenge the notion that there is no such thing as a stupid question.” Shawn is on a mission to tie workplaces into their surrounding communities to share resources and ideas in an effort to improve the health of all Americans.
You may reach Shawn at sconnors@HopeHealth.com or 800-334-4094.