Corporate policies provide companies with a framework for employee behavior within their workplace, outlining expected behaviors and the disciplinary actions available to employees.
Successful policies must be created using written input from business-wide members, and be easily accessible and understood by all.
1. Creating a Safe Work Environment
To effectively combat entitlement-based behavior, employers should provide a safe work environment where employees feel at ease expressing their emotions without being judged for doing so. This means ensuring all employees understand your commitment to creating such an environment, along with steps they can take to avoid harassment of themselves and colleagues.
An ideal work environment cultivates trust, cooperation and a shared purpose among employees and managers alike. Such an atmosphere should be marked by mutual respect and caring between workers and management.
Many corporations have taken proactive measures to combat potential entitlement-based behavior among their male employees, such as creating a code of conduct that sets forth standards of behavior which all employees must abide by.
These policies must also specify what constitutes a violation of standards, as well as their repercussions. They should take into account corporate values, workplace culture and legislation/regulatory requirements in making this determination.
Create a safe working environment is not just beneficial to employee health and safety; it’s also key for the success and profitability of your business. A safe working environment helps prevent unnecessary downtime as well as expenses related to worker’s compensation or equipment damage that could diminish your bottom line.
Lockheed Martin conducted a study that demonstrated how creating and maintaining a safe workplace enabled them to increase employee productivity by 24% while simultaneously cutting plant costs by 20% simply through increased focus on safety.
Step one in creating a safe workplace is to identify and eliminate hazards that pose the potential threat of serious physical harm or illness to employees. You can do this by conducting an analysis of all areas in which hazards might present themselves in your facility.
Safety checklists, inspections of specific equipment and processes, monitoring worker exposure to chemicals or contaminants, and informing employees on risks involved can all help identify hazards in your facility. Once identified, an action plan can be created for eliminating or controlling those hazards, using engineering controls, administrative controls or both approaches as applicable.
2. Creating a Safe Community
Step one in combatting entitlement-based behavior is creating a safe environment. Employers should implement clear and consistent policies to outline expectations for behavior as well as how they intend to respond if anyone violates those standards.
Establishing a safe community can be challenging, but there are numerous programs and organizations available that can assist.
The Safe Communities model is an international approach that combines public health and community development principles, with an emphasis on individual and community safety, resilience and wellbeing. The model draws heavily upon values such as whanaungatanga (relationships), manaakitanga (respect, care and support) and tino rangatiratanga (self-determination and autonomy).
Communities seeking accreditation as Safe Communities by Safe Communities America (SCA) or Pan-Pacific Safe Communities Network (PPSCN) must meet certain criteria established by these organizations.
These standards are determined by multiple factors, including the presence of police and law enforcement agencies in an area, the availability of safety programs at schools, community centers, hospitals and residential homes; as well as safe housing options available to students and other residents. Our aim is to create an attractive community where it’s safe and appealing to live and visit.
Community-led crime prevention measures also exist, such as community gardens, gang-busting programs and community cleanups. These initiatives often include multiple groups – businesses as well as nonprofits – working together, with youth involvement as a central theme.
Seattle’s community-led Rainier Beach (A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth) program strives to reduce neighborhood crime through a range of social and economic initiatives that engage neighbors while tackling issues like illegal dumping and streetlight replacement. Their programs are built upon genuine community ownership with deep knowledge of local neighborhoods allowing participants to identify needs together and fulfill them collectively.
As with other safety initiatives, the success of Safe Community programs lies with their stakeholders’ participation and involvement. Therefore, SCA aims to engage many community partners – businesses as well as nonprofits – in this process.
3. Creating a Safe Space
When we think of safe spaces, our minds often turn toward spaces for marginalized populations to feel protected and heard. But these spaces don’t just belong to those with differing identities – they can also serve as forums where all types of individuals can share experiences about life in general.
Over the past several years, there has been an increased emphasis on creating safe spaces on college campuses. The concept has become a hot button issue when discussing free speech and social justice at universities; further fuelling debate about free expression and justice within university systems as a whole. Unfortunately, it has caused much division and brought back conversations around “coddling.”
One of the primary issues surrounding safe spaces is their potential use to shield students from ideas they find uncomfortable or disagree with, leading to oversensitivity and impeding their emotional and intellectual growth.
One potential drawback of safe spaces is that they may fail to adequately prepare students for life after high school. Members of these groups have often relied too heavily on emotional validation rather than providing concrete advice; this can be particularly problematic when someone needs guidance in overcoming something negative that they have experienced in their life.
Studies conducted recently revealed that students who felt safe at school reported more happiness and reduced anxiety, compared to their counterparts who did not have access to such environments. It’s noteworthy that those who felt at ease on campus tended to perform better academically.
There are various strategies to create a safe space on a college campus, including creating an inclusive community, discussing issues openly and meeting like-minded peers.
Safe spaces provide members with an environment in which they feel protected and valued in campus life, especially those from marginalized groups. Such spaces may exist within classrooms, student clubs, and other campus areas; additionally they may also exist at community level like an LGBT club or center.
4. Creating a Safe Place to Talk
Psychological entitlement refers to an excessive sense of deservingness, self-importance and exaggerated expectations to receive special goods or treatment without paying back (Fisk 2010; Grubbs & Exline 2016).
Entitlement isn’t healthy or productive behavior in any environment; it can lead to unmet expectations, emotional distress and a vicious cycle of repeated failure.
Companies can take measures to avoid this scenario, such as creating and enforcing a comprehensive harassment policy, informing employees about their rights under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and creating awareness programs on workplace harassment issues.
As well as these services, a company can also serve as a safe place for individuals to discuss their problems openly through counseling, therapy or simply scheduling an appointment at the local mental health clinic.
However, the most effective way to combat entitlement is to address its root causes. Many entitled individuals suffer from insecurities about their abilities and worth which leads them to lack empathy towards others as well as any support efforts put forth by those trying to assist them. By taking time to address these issues directly it will enable individuals to live more fulfilling lives; though this doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t ever feel entitled again but that they will manage their emotions better; ultimately it boils down to finding a balance between needs of self and those of others when looking at managing emotions effectively