‘Tis the season for all things spoooooky– scary movies, creepy costumes, and terrifyingly delicious treats (our personal favorite). But, beware. There’s always one thing you want to keep from being spooky: your workplace.
In her webinar, Global Workforce Expert, Dr. Shirley Davis, found that 70% of her attendees currently work with at least one toxic employee. Like vampires, toxic employees can suck the life out of you and your employees. Whether it’s continuous nagging or complaining or something more severe like bullying or harassing others, vampire employees need to be addressed. Protect your workplace from vampire employees by putting your culture first when hiring and evaluating candidates.
Ghoulish Workplace Behavior
According to the 2019 Misconduct Flash Report by HRO Today, over 50% of HR professionals had to address cases of sexual harassment, personal harassment, bullying, and discriminatory harassment in their workplace over the last 24 months. Inappropriate workplace behavior can leave quite the fright! Prevent ghoulish behavior and:
- Share the magic potion. Provide clear definitions of inappropriate workplace behavior. The EEOC has a great set of guidelines to do so, or visit our blog on writing a harassment policy.
- Unwrap the mummy. Be transparent, and make sure your employees are aware of the consequences surrounding inappropriate workplace behavior in your workplace.
- Say boo! Address workplace misconduct by facing it directly and acting swiftly. The sooner you identify misconduct and investigate it, the quicker you can heal your workplace.
Get the Garlic!
Keep the spooks away from your workplace by offering a complete reporting solution. According to the 2019 Misconduct Flash Report, 96.8% of HR professional respondents have an open door policy in their workplace and 90.5% offer harassment training and material. Yet, inappropriate behaviors still go unreported in the workplace. In fact, Gartner, Inc. found that 60% of all misconduct experienced or observed in the workplace is never actually reported. Jinkies!
Protect your employees and offer them a not-so-scary way of reporting. When selecting a misconduct reporting platform, choose one that offers:
- Ease of use. If employees have to ask for help to report, they might not report.
- Anonymity. The number one reason employees don’t report is out of fear of retaliation. You can minimize this fear and encourage more employees to speak up by having a reporting system that allows them to report anonymously.
- Reporting Analysis. Protect your employees moving forward by choosing a misconduct solution that offers insights and analytics on what is going on at your organization.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The best way to prevent a nightmare before Christmas is by having a strong culture. The Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) found that employees in cared-for cultures were more likely to report misconduct compared to those in weaker cultures. In fact, employees in stronger cultures reported misconduct 25% more than those of weaker cultures. Say hocus pocus and establish a strong culture to help prevent workplace misconduct!
Halloween is spooky, your workplace shouldn’t be! Protect your workplace culture and learn more about reporting and managing workplace misconduct with the 2019 Misconduct Flash Report.