What happens at work…doesn’t always stay there!


Published: 6 Jun 2020


The business world goes through periodic changes. It’s a natural evolution. The Covid 19 pandemic certainly sped some aspects up.

We’ve been through the ‘toxic’ workplace era. We are now in the age of workplace well-being. In other words – the focus has shifted from the few to the many. ‘Toxic’ is an ‘old’ world word! Less focus on the few toxic people that upset a workplace, and more focus on the many who are dealing with workplace injustice, bullying, massive ego’s and passive aggressive behaviour. What this means for the few is that unless they change, their time is limited in business. They are the ‘old’ world.

Businesses that are ‘getting with the programme’ are managing people differently. We should begin to see more fairness, tolerance, compassion, and justice. Great management of people will hinge around compassionate assertiveness. These compassionately assertive managers of people know what needs to be said to re-address the balance, but do it in such a way that it is never at the expense of anyone’s dignity.

One prediction about generations that I can’t wait to see eventuate is what will happen when the Boomers have left and Gen X Are on their way through to retirement. Millennials – who could make up 75% of the workforce by then are predicted to move workplace wellbeing forward exponentially. The thought behind this is that fairness, equity, and value based employment is in their DNA coding. In other words they won’t tolerate big egos, and passive aggressive or aggressive people affecting the many. They will performance manage them right out of the door – along with their cactus and righteous indignation!

Whatever universal energy force or God you believe in, we are all in this together – a collective consciousness. We thrive, or merely survive on the balance of humane actions, words, and intentions. One person can make a difference. It may only be a drop, but that drop affects the collective consciousness.

The ecology of communication tells us this – everything that happens to us at work, affects the rest of our life too.

  • Time, energy, and money is affected by, and is a by-product of poor communication.
  • Enablers, or ‘kitten feeders’ play a pivotal part. If it isn’t enabled it doesn’t happen – simple.
  • Bragging rights on ‘busy’ causes chaos. Present people. Timely people, are better communicators.
  • No communication could ever fail properly and completely without a massive dose of assumption somewhere along the line.

It would be foolish to believe that what happens to us at work is unrelated to how we feel, react, and behave in our personal life. Of course it is all inter-linked. The safer and happier we feel at work, the more joyful our personal life is.