REFLECTIONS ON THE ROAD TO RESPECT
Power and its relationship to workplace culture is something I explore in detail in my upcoming book, Road to Respect: Path to Profit. Employers have traditionally had most of the power in the workplace, but that traditional power balance may be shifting more quickly than many of us realize.
I recently discovered eBossWatch, a web site that lets people anonymously rate their current or former boss. A straightforward, respectful evaluation form provides relevant information about management leadership styles. Now job-seekers can go online and look at reports detailing the ratings of potential bosses.
To further empower job seekers, Adelman recently launched GreatPlaceJobs, a job search engine designed to help employees find jobs in companies with respectful work environments. GreatPlaceJobs, which currently lists over 1300 companies, is the world's first exclusive "great workplace" job site, helping people discover award-winning employers and filter out hostile workplaces.
Adelman believes, as I do, that power based, command and control leadership practices are responsible for many of the problems businesses are currently facing. Adelman wants to promote democratic workplaces, based on a collaborative leadership model. His latest project, The Workplace Democracy Association, is a non-profit organization whose goal is to raise awareness about that issue and promote change within the employer community.
"Our company recently implemented a Respectful Workplace training program. While researching and developing the program I discovered Erica’s book Road to Respect: Path to Profit. After reading it I realized that the information and guidance contained in the book would provide real value to our organization, so I distributed copies to the entire leadership team. For those organizations committed to building a respectful workplace, Road to Respect: Path to Profit is a must read."