Expert Andrew Faas describes how to create a healthy workplace

Andrew Faas

Author, philanthropist and management advisor Andrew Faas has a solution for one of the most overlooked issues in the professional world (and one many are afraid to talk about): workplace bullying. On Feb. 2, the chief executive for the Faas Foundation led a discussion-based session with Lynn graduate students and working professionals to bring simplicity to what is often seen as a complex topic.

Faas reflected on his early professional life, describing himself as a workplace bully. “I felt that I had to behave a certain way to get ahead,” Faas said. Years later an employer brought attention to his behavior, and at age 26, Faas learned what he deemed the most important lesson in leadership: “Respect is far more powerful than fear.”

Associate Professor Kristen Migliano moderates the discussion with guest speaker, Andrew Faas.
Associate Professor Kristen Migliano moderates the discussion with guest speaker, Andrew Faas. Photo: Victoria Alvarez, a senior majoring in multimedia journalism.

He later became the victim of workplace harassment he described as a period of “sheer hell,” when his phones were tapped, peers waited like vultures for him to make a mistake, and colleagues shunned him. Eighteen months later, he realized he was angry. He wanted revenge and searched endlessly for a sense of closure that was seemingly unattainable. This prompted him to attend interventions organized by his family, and they suggested he channel his anger into writing.

Faas took the advice and wrote his book, From Bully to Bulls-eye. During the evening’s discussion, he answered questions about how to create an effective and psychologically prosperous work environment. He referred to the ideas as “The Covenant,” which involves three major steps: the value exchange—or understanding what both parties want from one another; the test for reasonableness; and the method by which both parties reach an agreement.

Faas emphasized that employers must understand how employees feel and why they feel that way. He urged the participants to find fulfilling work and to build meaningful relationships in an organization. These attributes, he said, are conducive to growth.

He stressed that bullying can be fixed, and open communication is instrumental in that process. Faas closed with a lesson when it comes to bullying, “Don't become that agent.”

More it's academic stories

Take the next step
Get started on your future today
Complete your application and secure your spot.
Pictures tell only part of the story. Come see for yourself.
How would you like to hear from us?

We are Lynn

Unknown
Alumni Tom Pires '13 and Sydney Putnam '14, '15 visiting the city that never sleeps
Sydney Putnam, staff member
Img 0316
Jim and Janet Downey visited the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland during a brief vacation in the Emerald Isle.
Jim Downey , faculty member
Campus Safety attends a multi-agency emergency response training July 8 at  the FAU stadium
Campus Safety's Captain Cohen, Officer Major & Sergeant D'Agostino following the July 8 multi-agency training.
Stephanie Brown, staff member
Campus Safety Chief Rickard, Asst. Chief Siliquini, and PIOs Brown and D'Aria
Campus Safety and university PIOs review plans during a multi-agency emergency response training July 8.
Stephanie Brown, staff member
Img 3970
White Sands Monument in New Mexico - cross country and always listening to my favorite alternative tune
Ben Melman, student
Lynn University celebrates "Pork" of July, a new annual traditon
Pork of July 2017
Sherrie Weldon, staff member

View more