Humans are complex beings, evident in intellect and character. While it’s fascinating to explore the depths of our intellect, it’s safe to say that that same excitement doesn’t go into character, at least when it comes down to dealing with rather “complex” beings. Understanding humans is essential in coexisting and even more important when the progress of a company or business is hinged on it. Many people have misconstrued ideology about the HR department, others neglect its importance, at their peril, of course. The business you own or run is a business because of the individuals building it, and if there is no enabling environment for these talented humans, your business will crumble. For this sole reason, the HR department is or should be held with utmost prestige, and given all the attention it so clearly deserves. How Important Is Human Resource? Not every company understands or values its human resource department. Human resources are the lifeblood of the company because their job is to ensure that the business gets the most out of its employees. And every system set-up revolves around actual people. It means for a company to experience an increase in productivity and achieve its goals, there has to be an understanding of the importance of HR. The human resource department is responsible for creating, implementing, and overseeing policies between employees and the management team of the company. The role of the human resource department in a company affects all aspects of the business because they support employees and employees are your most valuable resource.
Gaslighting is a psychological phrase that refers to a particular pattern of behaviour where one person manipulates or attempts to manipulate another’s perception of reality. While it’s usually applied to romantic relationships, it can occur in a variety of settings—including the workplace. We might complain about bad bosses, “toxic” coworkers, or just plain-old office bullies, but gaslighting is a type of workplace harassment that’s on another level entirely. Gaslighting is arduous to notice. However, it can have a significant effect on you, your team, and your company. This article is a guide to gaslighting, its impact on employees, how to know if it’s happening to you, or happening your team, and steps to reduce its effects. The Fear of Gaslighting Being accused of being oversensitive, loopy, blowing matters out of proportion— might be one of the top reasons for not reporting the numerous incidents employees experience in the workplace. It appears no matter how high we climb the corporate ladder, we hold back. Whether it’s gaslighting, potential retaliation, or being absolutely ignored, we doubt we will be heard. On those rare events when we’re heard, folks who fall victim to terrible behaviour or blatant harassment are frequently “dealt with” quietly, if at all. Issues are swept under the rug before anybody knows. So, even if the bad actor gets a warning or more severe actions are taken, nobody else learns from this lesson. Companies and leaders desperate to defend their reputations and avoid litigation, make it vanish quickly. Perhaps those who helped “clean it up” get a reality check, however, as long as there is no exposure, no public shaming, no act of contrition, these events will still take place. Gaslighting in the workplace. Gaslighting is deliberate, a well-organized process that uses lying and false information to make the victim doubt themselves, their capabilities, their instincts, and their own sense of reality. Broadly, it’s when one person manipulates another person into questioning their own potential and self-confidence. Also, as this generally occurs in boss-employee relationships. But, it can happen anywhere regardless of hierarchical arrangement. More than bullying or mere dishonesty, gaslighting at the workplace is a deliberate form of abusive manipulation.