We should all consider what kind of a mark we want to leave on the workplace. Not many managers want to be remembered for shouting at their subordinates like a megalomaniac. Nor do I think anyone wants to be remembered as a sour person who never greeted their colleagues. Most people would probably like to be remembered as a friendly, transparent person who cares about other people. Still, in many workplaces, people are mean to each other or behave inappropriately towards one another on a daily basis. Usually people’s bad behaviour at work is unintentional and not motivated by a conscious desire to hurt others. Poor well-being increases in these workplaces and so do various mental health and coping problems. Poor work-related well-being tends to be focused on certain individuals, be it your immediate supervisor, the management or your colleagues.
There is a fairly easy and inexpensive solution to workplace problems, as the keys are found in openness and talking. When management and supervisors set the example with their openness to talk about difficult issues, it is easy for others to follow. Then we can all be remembered at work as transparent and caring people, regardless of whether we are colleagues, supervisors or management. As an employment law expert, workplace mediator and supervisor, I believe that by doing so we will also leave a more positive mark on working life.