Can Your Team Recover from Workplace Drama?

Can Your Team Recover from Workplace Drama?
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Heather Bussing asks, “Can a workplace recover from discrimination or harassment or whistleblower drama?” It seems that second chances are never evenly distributed and resentments have a long half-life. What can HR do?

 

The accusations have been investigated, everyone has been officially interviewed, and the closed door conferences have diminished. You haven’t seen anyone from legal in days.

 

No one official is talking about what happened, which just makes everyone talk about it more. There are rumors that people will be fired or transferred, but it hasn’t happened yet.

 

It’s hard to know which was worse, the original drama or the investigation of the problems.

 

Can a workplace recover from discrimination or harassment or whistleblower drama?

 

Not really.

 

Things settle down and people unhappy with how it turned out will start to leave for new jobs. People who were happy with the outcome become smug and intolerable.

 

If the problem person was not terminated, the problem will continue. Often the person becomes emboldened because they got away with it.

 

Second chances are never evenly distributed.

 

Resentments have a long half-life.

 

What HR Can Do:

Heather Bussing is our vice President of

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