Episode 142

Addressing Cynicism in the Workplace


February 5th, 2024

25 mins 41 secs

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About this Episode

In this episode, Bob’nJoyce rift on creating a healthy work culture in a world where cynicism about institutions has become the norm. Many workers today are tired, bored, and disillusioned. Given this current reality, what can leaders and HR/OD practitioners to turn the ship around?

Bob’nJoyce would offer those cosmetic solutions like flexible hours, ping pong tables, and pizza parties are nice but are not the answer. They discuss the roots of cynicism and then offer ideas and actions to consider. Here are some ideas they offer:

  • Name what is happening correctly to understand the nuances behind the cynicism.
  • Ask, "Is the current cynicism episodic (one time event/impact) or is chronic and pervasive?" The answer to this question will inform what to and what not to do.
  • Ask employees the question, ‘What would create positive energy for your daily work.” You can also ask what is creating negative energy in your daily work.
  • Resist the urge to act to “fix it” in a parental way. Involve employees to co-create solutions.

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