When you’re given the responsibility
to take over a business riddled with abuse and scandals, it’s a big challenge.
Unfortunately, it’s becoming more common these days. The good thing is that
there’s an opportunity to change
the status quo, and you could be an agent for change. It might be
intimidating to have this role, but you can prove that you’re capable of
transforming the company’s image. Besides, it’s unfair for the entire business
to fall because of a few terrible people on top.
Given the company’s history, there
needs to be an investigation. Make
sure you’re transparent in doing so. Avoid hiding anything from the
employees. You’re trying to bring the company to a new era. Allow internal and
independent investigations to take place. You’re not s spokesperson for the
people who did terrible things in the past. You have to represent the company
in its current form, and where you wanted it to be.
Create better policies
Just because the abusers are out of
the business doesn’t mean there’s no chance for terrible things to happen
again. If the work environment is already toxic now, anyone who works for it
will face the same issue. Therefore, you need to overhaul the business. Come up
with better policies. Ensure that people who intend to make the workplace toxic
for others won’t have the chance to do so. Make it easy for employees to report
abuse. Listen to these complaints and don’t sweep them under the rug. The bad
guys should be the ones to fear your leadership and not the good
Create a no tolerance policy
You allow investigations of abuse to
take place, and you have to make appropriate decisions based on the results.
The problem with some companies is that these investigations are only a facade.
They’re done to make it seem like actions are taken. In reality, those who did
terrible acts aren’t punished for what they have done. With a no tolerance
policy, these employees, regardless of their position in the company, are
kicked out of the organization. It’s the only way to make everyone safe and
comfortable while working.
Strengthen cooperation among employees
You should host team
building exercises. Allow your employees to feel that they have a shared
goal. A stronger team helps eradicate the possibility of abuse. There will only
be respect and trust among the employees.
It takes time to clean a company with
a tarnished reputation. The truth is that some people are still inside, and
will resist your efforts in every turn. Don’t allow them to succeed. Make them
feel how serious you are, and you don’t do favors for anyone. You might be
viewed negatively because of your tough approach, but it’s the only way to get
things done. Otherwise, the problem will stay and you can’t change the
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