If there is a culture of fear in our workplace, employees are not performing at their best. Here are some things HR may do to help to change the culture:
- Build trust by being straightforward, admitting mistakes, keeping promises, letting go of grudges/grievances
- Improve your listening skills and focus on what the employees are saying to you; maintain a neutral and open attitude; most importantly don’t judge
- Treat employees with respect and acknowledge their worth and help them succeed…at the end of the day it is about relationships
Many studies show happy, engaged employees are more productive.
SHRM Magazine, “Scared Stiff Do you have a workplace culture of fear?” 12/2015/01/2016