I coined the term the “Workplace Relationship Expert” by 1999 and have been using it in my professional materials since that time! The reason is that I research and write about workplace interpersonal relationships that impact organizational outcomes (between management and staff, between peers, etc.).
Definition of Workplace: “a place (as a shop or factory) where work is done”
Workplace. (n.d.). Retrieved August 6, 2014, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/workplace
Definition of Relationship:
“: the way in which two or more people, groups, countries, etc., talk to, behave toward, and deal with each other
: a romantic or sexual friendship between two people
: the way in which two or more people or things are connected”
Relationship. (n.d.). Retrieved August 6, 2014, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relationship
What happens at work is not isolated to work process and goals. It is largely impacted by the internal relationship motives people have not addressed (which results in harassment, bullying abuse, illegal employment decisions, etc.). My job is to address that reality and provide consequence and clarity of the individual choices that team members decide to make.
What led to my identification as 'The Workplace Relationship Expert'?
1) I started dealing with workplace legal issues (wrongful termination, etc.) as an attorney at my law firm (which I opened in 1998).
2) I had numerous clients that I helped with cases where their employer had allegedly not complied with the law (hiring, evaluations, discipline, termination, etc.).
3) I was shocked to observe well known and successful organizations that had individual staff members engage in inappropriate and potentially illegal behavior.
4) I therefore started my corporate education, training and consulting practice specifically to be part of a proactive solution for employers to prevent (or mitigate) potentially illegal employment action.
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