NLYC Respectful Workplace



  1. Provide individuals, work teams with healthy options to address the issue of workplace conflict.
  2. This program is designed to make our workplace free of harassment and discrimination.
  3. Open our workplace to new ideas and initiatives
  4. Educate our employees on respect in the workplace

Healthy vs. Unhealthy Workplaces

In order to create a respectful workplace, it is important to first understand the differences between healthy workplaces and unhealthy workplaces.

The following chart compares some of the aspects we have noticed in our work. In your organization, you may have the same aspects or different ones. Try the exercise and see where you fit.

Healthy Workplaces Unhealthy workplaces
Highly productive

People enjoy working together and spending time with their co-workers

Changes can be made with full cooperation of employees

Employees enjoy responsibility and seek more responsibility

Employees and managers are willing to help where ever needed

Staff have pride in what they are accomplishing

Work quality is consistently very high

Accidents, injuries, harassment claims and workers' compensation claims are very low

Problems and issues are discussed openly between employees and managers

People are not afraid to express their opinions

People are not afraid of disagreements because they realize diversity is healthy. They feel more productive when issues are resolved and processes improved.

When something doesn't work, the focus is on identifying issues not on blaming people — Tough on issues, soft on people

When someone makes a mistake, they are coached to help them understand and improve

Employees feel empowered to do their job and to suggest changes for improvement

Hard to get things done

People are not friendly with their co-workers and may gossip about them

Employees resist change or undermine efforts to make changes

Employees refuse to take on additional responsibility, directly or indirectly

Employees and/or managers stick to "it's not my job" or "that's the supervisor's responsibility"

Staff are uninterested and negative towards their goals

Work quality is mixed or unpredictable

Accidents, injuries, harassment claims and workers' compensation claims are high

Problems and issues are not discussed openly, even though everyone knows about them

People are afraid to tell the truth because they are ignored, reprimanded or viewed as trouble-makers

People are uncomfortable with disagreements and will try to stop open discussions of differences of opinion

When something doesn't work, the focus is on blaming people — Tough on people, soft on issues

When someone makes a mistake, they are criticized and punished

Employees feel they do not have the power to change the way things are