The Golden Rule in the Workplace
Harmony in the Workplace Can Make Your Bottom Line Soar!
- Do you have employees who feel bullied by bosses?
- Do you have bosses who feel bullied by employees?
- Do you have employees treating each other like enemies?
- Is anger poisoning the work atmosphere?
- Does your company provide a valuable product or service, but the bottom line is not as hefty as you think it should be?
If your answers to these questions are “yes,” your company needs The Golden Rule.
The success of a company is ultimately reflected in its bottom line. And nothing hurts a bottom line like hostility. Rather than people working together to serve the company’s mission, they waste valuable company time and money fighting each other. And instead of work being a place people look forward to spending most of their waking hours, they while away the hours in misery, counting the minutes till the next weekend.
We don’t naturally practice The Golden Rule because it is contrary to our nature. We are biologically programmed for what I call The Rule of Nature, or social scientists call The Law of Reciprocity: Treat others the way they treat us. Think about it. When someone is nice to you, do you feel like being mean back? Of course not. You feel like being nice back. And when someone is mean to you, do you feel like being nice back. No. You feel like being mean back. We are like that. It was programmed into us from our prehistoric days in nature, when life was very dangerous and there were no policemen to protect us and armies to fight for us. However, when we follow the Rule of Nature in civilization, we abandon control over our relations. If you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice back and we’ll be friends. But if you’re mean to me, I’ll be mean back and we’ll be enemies.
The Golden Rule puts me in charge. I will treat you like a friend even when you treat me like an enemy. Because how long can you keep on treating me like an enemy when I consistently treat you like a friend? Before long, you’ll be treating me like a friend because you are biologically programmed to treat me the way I treat you!
It is not obvious how to apply The Golden Rule. It doesn’t mean that you have to give everyone everything they want, and it doesn’t mean you have to let people abuse or take advantage of you. But it means that we treat people like friends even when we have to say no to them or stop their abusive behavior.
Turning Your Company into a Golden Rule Facility
Imagine what your company will be like when everyone is taught to understand The Golden Rule! People will feel they’re among friends. Bullying will cease to be an issue. Anger will dissipate and a feeling of cooperation will fill the air. Employees and bosses will have more respect for one another. People will be better able to get what they need and want from each other.
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