Conversation with Pat Farnack on Why “Brutal” Honesty Isn’t Ideal in the Workplace

People yelling at each other in brutally honest workplace

Pat Farnack, longtime radio host on WCBS Newsradio 880 in New York City, recently interviewed me about the trend toward “brutal honesty” in the workplace and its unintended consequences. 

While honesty is a good thing, brutal honesty often becomes an excuse for those with power to verbally abuse others. It creates a culture of control and fear rather than a culture of connection. Instead of brutal honesty, encourage honesty combined with respect. This approach increases the likelihood of critical information making its way up the chain to decision makers.

Listen to the full interview for more on this topic, what to do if you find yourself in a brutal workplace, and thoughts on what’s driving the Great Resignation.

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