For good reason, the topic of bullying has become common in the medical world, especially in the nursing arena. It’s a major issue. In the Journal of Nursing Administration a study was done entitled, “Countering Unprofessional Behaviors Among Nurses in the Workplace”. It clearly lays out the issue of bullying in the workplace, especially among nurses.
Once again we go back to playground principles. From an early age we are taught to play nice. But for many of us, this principle was left on the playground of adolescence and is now absent in the workplace of adulthood. Our freedom and independence sometimes is confused as freedom and independence from how our actions impact others. You no doubt see this in your team dynamics. If you’re having issues in your team, it stems from the principle of picking and choosing who we are and aren’t going to respect.
The study concluded, that the greatest catalyst to increased bullying was an environment of silence, and the greatest deterrent to bullying, was open communication. Open communication and leaders willing to be consistent.
Your challenge this week: take notice of how you treat and teach each member of your team.
Is it consistent across the board?
Or do you have an environment where working with one team member is obviously more enjoyable to you than working with another team member, thus leading to the toxic environment of favoritism?
Take this week to observe your mannerisms toward each member of your team. Ask a peer or mentor for feedback on if they notice a clear difference in how you treat different members of your team. Equality in your attitude toward your team is vital to respect for yourself as a leader and respect from others.
Good luck this week!