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Guiding Principle #3: What you Tolerate, you Endorse

The phrase "What you tolerate, you endorse" is a powerful statement that holds significant meaning in the context of the employer-employee relationship. This axiom emphasizes the idea that the behaviors and practices that an employer or manager allows to persist in the workplace are, in effect, behaviors and practices that they approve of, whether consciously or not. Let's explore how this concept contributes to building trust, and the impact it can have on a team, both positively and negatively.



As leaders, we must recognize the profound influence our actions and decisions have on our workplace culture. When we actively promote and uphold values like punctuality, respect, and collaboration, we're not just encouraging a professional atmosphere; we're cultivating a spirit of teamwork and mutual respect. This isn't about mere policy enforcement; it's about embodying the ethics and values we hold dear in our organization.


Remember, the behaviors we tolerate, or fail to address, speak volumes. If we let negative actions like gossip or disrespect slide, we're inadvertently signaling that such behavior is part of our fabric – an implication we cannot afford. We're not just managing tasks; we're nurturing a culture, and every action we overlook can either strengthen or corrode the trust and integrity we strive to build.


Trust, after all, is the cornerstone of any robust employer-employee relationship. It's built on the belief that fairness and integrity aren't just words in our mission statement, but principles we live by. When our team sees us addressing unprofessional behaviors, it reinforces their confidence in us and the organization. Conversely, if we ignore, or worse, partake in such behaviors, we risk eroding this trust irreparably, compromising not only our team's morale but their belief in what we stand for.


Moreover, the standards we set – or fail to set – in our workplace directly influence morale and productivity. If we allow a culture where laziness or mediocrity is unchallenged, it breeds resentment and diminishes the drive of our most dedicated team members. A culture of excellence isn't about demanding perfection; it's about not settling for mediocrity. Inconsistency in addressing negative behaviors can also lead to perceptions of bias, further fracturing our team's unity and trust.


Ultimately, the environment we foster in our workplace has a cascading effect on employee morale, retention, and our ability to attract the best talent. A positive, respectful, and equitable environment isn't just beneficial for our team's well-being; it's a cornerstone for sustainable success. The phrase 'What you tolerate, you endorse' is a powerful reminder of our responsibility in shaping not just our workplace culture, but the very soul of our organization. It's up to us to set the stage for a culture that champions productivity, integrity, and collective achievement.


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