The Gang from the Office

The Gang from the Office

It is well-known that we have to deal with coteries everywhere: at school, at home even at the office.
The “bigoted” groups of employees go to lunch and drink their coffee together, talk and socialize during and after the work program. If the office starts reminding you more and more of the high school years, it’s time to take some measures.

Even though socializing and making friends at work are healthy and can bring, to a certain extent, satisfaction to the employees, the coteries are often unproductive and can point out an unfriendly environment. Most of the employees often flout this kind of manifestations, because they sustain that it brings only gossip and most of the time lower the moral of other colleagues.

The critical points of such unproductive behavior are:
-critical business decisions made without taking in consideration the approval of those outside the group
-the feeling of some employees that they cannot perform inside the company if they aren’t part of such group
-pieces of information or equipment that are exclusively transferred to those who are members of the group
-the members of the group receive more bonuses and other benefits than the rest of the employees
-the members of the group receive more warnings and complaints from management then the rest of the employees

How can the professional HR discourage the forming of such groups and limit their negative impact?

-to publicly acknowledge the value of all employees
-to extend the outside participation in the evaluation process
-to clarify the role of each employee, in such manner to encourage team cooperation
-to assure that the disciplinary actions are fair

The HR specialists must pay a lot of attention to this type of coteries which are formed by discriminating criteria for other employees. One group which excludes the members of other groups can be sued for hostile work environment and discrimination.