‘Civility in the Workplace’ Campaign vs. ‘Sanity in the Workplace’

From a VOA journalist: Re the below “Civility in the Workplace” Campaign: How amusing that VOA kicked off an “act nice” campaign just before the big RIF announcements. The future-unemployed, it seems, are expected to maintain happy faces even as they contemplate their bankrupt futures and their managers’ fat fortunes. At yesterday’s Central News meeting, David Ensor said there would be cuts in management, too. But he said those cuts would not be “proportionate.” Why ever not? Why hack away at the ranks of those who actually produce stories and programs in favor of managers, who produce only meetings and memos? We suggest that a “Sanity in the Workplace” or an “Accountability in the Workplace,” or a “Start Telling the Truth for Once in Your Management Career,” campaigns are far more urgently needed. From: IBB Notices Administration [notices@bbg.gov] Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2012 5:01 PM To: IBB Staff Subject: Civility in the Workplace Campaign Colleagues, Incivility in the workplace has the potential to destroy employee relationships, workplace morale, and productivity in the federal government, as well as in the private sector. BBG is not immune to instances of uncivil behavior, and while we have received many positive messages from employees, this is not the experience for everyone. In response, the agency is launching a campaign to increase awareness on issues of appropriate behavior and renew its commitment to maintain an environment of mutual respect and workplace civility.

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