It is very important, especially from a managerial perspective, to acknowledge that destructive behavior may be taking place even if workers do not complain. The willingness of people to speak out about issues has a direct correlation to the perceived safety of the environment. If the environment is punitive, workers may remain quiet; however:
Wise managers will be watchful for negative issues that contribute to unhealthy environments, but they will also watch for an absence of healthy behaviors. A healthy environment in which people are working well together can be recognized by workers who:
In most working relationships employees will meld together and learn to work with and around each other's personalities; but on occasion relationships can be challenging. Personality conflicts are inevitable, and are exacerbated when a person has an extreme personality.
We will now look at some of the behaviors difficult personalities may demonstrate in the workplace.