Now that Thanksgiving has concluded, it’s time to start the Christmas festivities– one of our favorites is watching Christmas movies! While there are plenty of memorable Christmas characters you wouldn’t mind as coworkers, like Buddy the Elf and Frosty the Snowman, there’s one we suggest you leave outside of your workplace… The Grinch. Whether you work with one now, or you have in the past, here are four tips to keeping an office Grinch from stealing your workplace culture this season.
1. Quickly Identify Grinch Behavior
The first step to protecting your workplace is identifying the Grinches. Whether you have one Grinch or 20, it’s important to identify and address them before their toxicity spreads.
It’s quite easy to identify the Grinch in the classic film– he’s a green, furry thing that lives on the snowy Mount Crumpit, a mountain just North of Whoville. But, chances are, your employees aren’t green and furry (we hope!)– making it more difficult to identify an office Grinch. So, instead, look for Grinch behavior. Grinch behavior is unwelcoming, destructive, and toxic to your workplace– it’s behavior you wouldn’t want to touch with a ten-foot pole! Grinch behavior is not limited to, but can include:
- Micromanaging or non-existent managing
- Bullying or threats
- And more…
2. Offer Reporting Tools
Unfortunately, Grinch-like behavior often goes unaddressed longer than it should. In fact, in a SHRM webinar with Global Workforce Expert, Dr. Shirley, 70% of webinar attendees admitted to currently working with a toxic employee. Leaving Grinch behavior unidentified and unaddressed leaves your company culture at risk.
According to HRO’s Today’s 2019 Misconduct Flash Report, fear of retaliation is the number one reason incidents go unreported in the workplace, with negative reactions from coworkers and embarrassment coming second and third. Protect your employees and empower them to voice their concerns by offering a reporting solution that offers anonymous reporting, easy documentation, and robust incident reports.
3. Address the Grinch
Once you’ve identified Grinch behavior, the next step is to take action. It’s important to not only approach the office Grinch and address the Grinch-like behavior but be sure to ask why. Ask why he or she has been acting the way they have. Understanding the why behind toxic behavior is key to getting to the root of the situation. Was the grinch employee acting out of retaliation? Or were his or her foul actions deliberate? Or perhaps your office grinch was genuinely unaware that his or her actions were so toxic to the workplace. Nonetheless, discuss why, get to the root of the situation, and explore the future. Does this grinch behavior call for outlined steps for improvement or immediate termination?
4. Restore your workplace
When the Grinch stole Christmas, the Whos below didn’t stop Christmas. Instead, they came together and celebrated Christmas louder than ever! It’s important that you don’t let toxicity take hold of your workplace. Instead, take the time and energy to heal your workplace. Be sure to:
- Review or establish your Codes of Conduct.
- Communicate that toxic behavior is not tolerated in your organization.
- Share your company’s values and mission with your employees.
- Remind your leaders to model your ideal culture.
- Encourage employees to give feedback on your workplace culture.
- Create a ‘Safe to Speak’ culture that empowers employees to report.
With these four tips in mind, we’re sure you’ll have a Grinch-less holiday season!