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?
- Are anger and resentment 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 reflected in its bottom line. That requires maximum cooperation among staff.
Nothing hurts a bottom line like hostility. Rather than staff supporting each other to serve the company’s mission, they waste valuable company time and money fighting and undermining each other. Rather than focusing on the task at hand, they ruminate about the way they are being treated and contemplate how to evening up scores. Rather than looking forward to their job as a source of meaning in life, they dread coming and can’t wait to go home.
Philosophers understand that the Golden Rule is the formula for harmony. Unfortunately, we often violate the Golden Rule because it is contrary to our nature. Humans are biologically programmed for what I call The Rule of Nature and 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 in return? Of course not. You feel like being nice. And when someone is mean to you, do you feel like being nice in return? No. You feel like being mean. We are all 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. When threatened or attacked, we needed to be aggressive in response or we’d get eaten for dinner.
However, we no longer live in Nature. We don’t eat each other for dinner and we are not allowed to injure or kill each other no matter how angry we are. 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 in return and we’ll be friends. But if you’re mean to me, I’ll be mean in return 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. Bullies to Buddies has developed a set of counterintuitive rules for treating people like friends and uses entertaining role-playing to teach their practical application.
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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