Don’t be an “asshole!”
The latest issue of «meeting BSI», the business magazine for BSI friends, user advocates and customer whisperers, is dedicated to our value „We are nice to one another.“
I long debated how to present one of our core company values to you, dear reader. It seemed a value too mundane and not worth dedicating an entire magazine to: “We are nice to one another.” This means in essence that we respect and trust one another, bring cake for birthdays, and don’t mob or speak badly to or about co-workers. To me, this value seemed to be a virtue that any person would affirm.
The opposite is true! War rages on the carpet floor. Contemporary management literature describing how to survive in toxic workplaces fills the shelves. So I stepped out of my happy BSI work bubble to investigate the economics of being nice. Read the editorial-post to find out how motivation and productivity are killed by bullies, and don’t forget the self-test from Uwe's Test Corner.
I like going to work, even on Mondays, and look forward to the time with my colleagues. Creativity and motivation energize the atmosphere. Yes, we argue and contradict – but we try hard to always stay fair and decent when doing so. And something our competitors already know: We are nice – but we aren’t harmless!