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4 hiring practices that create workplace drama

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Unfortunately, workplace drama isn’t unusual. Mistakes and bad practices happen, though some have more toxic results than others. You can eliminate some of the drama, however, by simply reviewing and revamping your hiring practices, says Patti Perez, a former employment litigator and author of The Drama-Free Workplace: How You Can Prevent Unconscious Bias, Sexual Harassment, Ethical Lapses and Inspire a Healthy Culture.

“Looking at the lessons learned from workplace problems, I can identify root causes and drama-producing events,” she says. “Instead of letting them go into a full-blown discrimination suit, avoid drama in first place.”

Hiring practices are ripe for creating issues, says Perez. Here are four that can have unintended consequences.

Candidate selection can invite workplace problems. Perez recalls a situation where a partner at an accounting firm was looking to hire someone with specialized experience.

“He interviewed women and people of color and dismissed them almost exclusively for lack of experience–overall and specialized,” she says. “Eventually a young man with less experience than the others and zero in the specialty field came in and reminded him of his younger self. He wanted to hire this guy, saying, ‘I understand he doesn’t have experience, but he’s promised he’ll give it 110%, and I believe him.'”

Others in the office could see what had happened, says Perez. “The company had advertised and touted its commitment to diversity and........

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