Performance goals are common in the workplace. Most businesses rely on metrics to evaluate employees for performance reviews, goals and making business-decisions regarding staffing. In recent weeks the media have been running a succession of articles concerning potentially questionable business practices at the financial giant Wells Fargo. The company allegedly created an atmosphere that required employees to open up new accounts without authorization (or even the knowledge) of the bank's many customers.
A lot of reports of discrimination and bullying in the workplace are made by average employees who do not have a lot of power. Even employees with a lot of company or management power can be forced to feel powerless through the actions of others.