Companies Can Fill Important Gaps As Government Drops the Ball

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Don’t expect him to become a politician, but the Apple C.E.O. Tim Cook sees gaps in governmental social policies that he believes companies like his are obliged to help fill.

There was a time not so long ago when the government was keeping a very close eye on corporate affairs. Today, corporations now have the opportunity, and arguably the obligation, to guide their employees and in turn their organizations around a government whose very foundation is being challenged by the highest office in the land.

I assert that one of the gaps that companies can help fill is to provide a safe zone for employees at a period of time where we are normalizing the abnormal. By creating psychologically safe, healthy, and fair work environments, where people are considered equal and essential, will spill over into society in general. If people experience this at work, they will expect it outside of work, at home, in associations, at clubs and at their places of worship, and influence the societal changes that are so desperately needed.

In my book, From Bully to Bull’s Eye: Move Your Organization Out of the Line of Fire, I discuss the importance of and need for employees to force a cultural change. This transformation must begin at the top.

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