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Published: Tuesday, April 9 2013 8:15 a.m. MDT

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raybies
Layton, UT

The work environment often reflects the financial stability of the organization that you're in. When there's a shortage of funds, and your workforce is inexperienced with cutbacks, it can become VERY hostile as people start to jockey to positions that will ensure their longevity.

I don't know that I believe the "everybody wins" mentality really is that big a factor in this equation. It isn't difficult for a competent leader to play to that, but it requires said manager to find ways to complement and make all the team members feel important. In many respects it can be easier because it's about feelings rather than actual results.

S. Max Brown
Salt Lake City, UT

This topic is an important one, and the issues go much further than discussed so far. Here are just some highlights:
1. Bosses do play favorites. You could love your boss, while another person is bullied by the same person.
2. Pay realities have changed. In the past, people would put up with lots of boorish behavior because they knew at the end they would get a nice pension and retire well. Now, the packages have disappeared and most people expect to figure out their own retirement. Consequently, the loyalty and expectations at work have all changed. Many stats show how the boomers are the richest generation - not to be repeated. With no pay to justify the bad behavior people used to endure, they now speak up.
3. We know that companies that go through layoffs typically do worse over time (lots of research on this). Bosses typically enormous bonuses for "saving money" in these layoffs as well.
4. Best companies focus on positive culture - and reap the benefits.
5. Relationships are key to success. Those who foster them win.
6. Many bosses justify bad behavior with excuses, but without merit.
Could go on...thanks for the article.

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