Yelling doesn’t work … and 5 other obvious workplace truths

This stunning revelation prompts the author to ponder other truths about on-the-job decorum that are widely accepted. Or are they?

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I recently read The Wall Street Journal’s article “When the Boss is a Screamer,” which I found fascinating because it essentially explained what I thought to be an obvious truth—that yelling at your subordinates is wrong.

The declaration that tickled me most was: “The new consensus among managers is that yelling alarms people, drives them away rather than inspiring them, and hurts the quality of their work.”

So that’s the new consensus, huh? Does that not make you laugh? I picture a room full of old suits in a huddle grumbling and voting on whether they should continue yelling at their employees as a motivational method.

Five other behaviors not appropriate at work

Is this not a scary example of how out of touch some managers may be? Although the de-motivational reality of yelling seemed like an obvious one to me, evidently not everyone knew this according to the article. Or rather, they knew it but understood they could no longer now get away with it.

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