Ending Hostile Work Enviornments

Note: This posting is based on my weekly “Thank God It’s Monday” that helps you and your company thrive!

This week’s focus: hostile work environments

The issue facing the Miami Dolphins over Richie Incognito and his abuse of teammate Jonathan Martin is a clear case of a hostile work environment. Of course, there are some on the team who would offer that Jonathan Martin should just “man up.” I argue Jonathan Martin “manned up” when he raised the issue publicly. I applaud his courage.

A few months ago, I heard from a very credible person that he and others left a Fortune 50 company due to a hostile work environment. He can’t believe how happy he is now that he is out of harm’s way. My niece suffered similarly in the health care industry. She has moved on to a new opportunity and is doing exceedingly well there.

The U.S. Senate passed the ENDA, The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, legislation proposed in the United States Congress that would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by employers with at least 15 employees. The Republican-led House of Representatives may never allow this legislation to come to a vote.

The 21st century needs to be about eliminating hostile work environments. If we can just get the Republican-led House of Representatives to join the effort to support ENDA legislation, we’ll be moving towards this important goal.

Thought for the week:

For some, this Monday is a 3-day holiday weekend commemorating Veteran’s Day. It’s a great time to offer thanks to all who have served our great country.  Where might we be today if it weren’t for their service?
What do you think? I welcome your comments!

Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting http://www.gardnerandassoc.com

© 2013 Gardner & Associates Consulting  All Rights Reserved

Note:  To receive an email version of “Thank God It’s Monday” to start your week, please subscribe here.  I would very much appreciate your suggesting to others that they subscribe.

Privacy Statement:  Our subscriber lists are never rented, sold, or loaned to any other parties for any reason.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s