4 Steps to Fix a Toxic Workplace
Cathy Sheldrick, Queen’s IRC Marketing Assistant, 2018
How do you fix a hostile workplace after a strike, merger or other polarizing event? How do you create a healthy workplace after a harassment or grievance investigation? It can be difficult to rebuild the trust that has been lost between members of a team or in leadership, or both. But, according to Anne Grant, a Queen’s IRC facilitator and workplace restoration specialist, you have to bring people back to a joint vision of what the workplace should be.
Is Your Workplace Toxic?
According to Anne, a toxic or poisoned workplace is a work environment where the work product is being affected by the dysfunction of the members of the team. Some signs and symptoms of a workplace that needs help could be an increase in grievances or sick time; it could be more people quitting or retiring; it could be difficulty in recruiting and retaining talent. But there are also more subtle signs, like apathy among workers or an increase in gossip or bullying.
“We have all kinds of processes for addressing a complaint,” says Anne. “But we don't have as many processes for getting back to an ideal workplace after a complaint or polarizing event like a merger, strike or perhaps a big investigation.” And that’s where a workplace restoration comes in. Whether it is addressing difficulties with management, a group of rogue employees spreading negativity through the office, or an issue that no one ever got around to investigating, a workplace restoration can help re-establish communication and trust in an organization.
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Congratulations to the Winners!
Congratulations to the winners of our 80th Anniversary contest! They have each won $1,000 towards their next professional development program from Queen's IRC:
Melody Bundt (Calgary, AB)
Kevin Champagne (Calgary, AB)
Jeff Gerestein (Brooks, AB)
Lindsay Gordon (Kitchener, ON)
Shoshana Kalfon (Montreal, QC)
Kelly-Ann Cordner (Surrey, BC)
Delphine Ramsden (Vancouver, BC)
Kristen Slade (Hay River, NT)
Conference and Trade Show Update
Queen's IRC will be attending a couple of conferences and trade shows in the next few months:
HRPA Annual Conference and Trade Show on January 31-February 2 in Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. We will be at booth #114. Queen's IRC facilitator, Brenda Barker Scott, will be presenting on "Organizational Design for HR Practitioners" on January 31 from 3-4pm in room 703.
Top Employer Summit on April 4-5 in Toronto at the Hilton Hotel. Stop by booth E5 and say hello.