Team building lessons for HR from the Olympics coverage
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Guru has noticed a tactic in media reporting of the Olympics that could be of benefit to employers hoping to galvanise their staff round a common cause: xenophobia.
Yesterday, British teenage superstar Philip Hindes powered Britain’s men’s sprint team to victory with a sensational first lap. This morning, the "German-born" Philip Hindes had tainted the victory by, according to one interview, admitting he’d purposely crashed in one of the heats to prompt a restart after a dodgy start.
Clearly, employers must be careful when adopting this approach in the workplace, because of various laws about this sort of thing, but Guru still thinks that used subtly this could be a potent tool for bonding staff to your cause (admittedly, not so much for the person being discriminated against). The first step to harnessing this tool is discovering the backgrounds of all your staff, perhaps with a phoney "Cultural Awareness Day" inviting staff to share their ancestry for at least three or four generations. Then you can get this information working for you. So, for example, you’re in a meeting and one of your team disagrees with a suggestion you’ve made and you say something like “Oh, Stephen, that’s just the sort of thing I imagine your German great-great-great grandfather might have said in this situation”… then watch as everybody decides they agree with you and not with that stinking foreigner Stephen.