Could your employees be suffering from corporate Stockholm syndrome?

As an employer, it’s natural to want your workplace to be safe and supportive. Not only is it better for business, but it’s better for your employees’ mental health and happiness, too. Most companies recognize that duty of care. And have policies and training in place to manage negative behaviors or attitudes (such as bullying, harassment, aggression, and discrimination) that threaten that equilibrium.

But, some toxic workplace dynamics can still thrive undetected—despite your best intentions.

Known as “corporate Stockholm syndrome”, there are employees who keep quiet about abuse and exploitation in the workplace. And even defend colleagues’ threatening and harmful behavior. So, what steps can you, as an employer, take to prevent this from happening? Or, identify and address a toxic case of corporate Stockholm syndrome that’s gone undetected.

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