What makes a dinosaur boss?
In an employment environment in which a perceived grievance is regarded as actual, “inappropriate behaviour” by a manager can take many forms, such as comments which ridicule or humiliate, or the perception that someone is being pestered or harassed.
What are the consequences?
The effects on team morale can be significant, not only among those employees directly concerned but among witnesses who feel powerless to help the “victim” or change the offending behaviour.
What can managers and executives do?
Programmes of continuing career management, with emphasis on interpersonal skills, can be augmented by mentoring and coaching. In a Generation Y environment, seeking feedback – and acting on it – should be the norm, rather than a box to be ticked.