3 beliefs that will sink your ship (Guest Commentary)

Damaging beliefs that go unchecked can cause major issues
By Sharone Bar-David
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/11/2013

What is the common denominator among the following: “Boys will be boys,” “Frank’s rough behaviour is part of his stellar sales record” and “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”?

All three are beliefs that sanction questionable behaviours. Boys will be boys is a time-honoured mantra that enables schoolyard bullying. The notion that a person’s abrasive conduct is crucial to his success permits employers to turn a blind eye to the distress he causes. And the Vegas notion has protected many a wild behaviour from scrutiny — and sanction.

There are several underlying beliefs that cause chronic damage to the work environment. So if you want your workplace culture to deteriorate in a hurry, make sure people hold the following three beliefs near and dear to their hearts — negative results are guaranteed.