Respect is a fundamental value in workplaces. Respect in the workplace is essential for contributing to increased productivity and improved morale which helps the economy and makes life better for families.
To recognize this and the importance of safe and healthy workplaces that are free from discrimination and harassment, Sunday November 25 – Sunday December 2 2018 has been declared Respect At Work Week in Australia by The Respect Campaign.
The campaign will kickoff appropriately on the UN International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women which is also White Ribbon Day, November 25. All employers have a responsibility to prevent and eliminate harassment in the workplace.
The Harvey Weinstein scandal that enveloped Hollywood this year illustrates that women and indeed men will no longer tolerate unacceptable behaviour in the workplace and abuse of power has no place in productive, healthy and happy workplaces.
Education is the key and eliminating it will not happen overnight.
Harassment in the workplace is a form of discrimination. It is unwelcome and unwanted. It affects the individual’s ability to learn and work. It can also be an expression of abuse of power, authority, or control and is coercive in nature which has negative effects on the organization and employees.
Respect At Workplace Week is an excellent opportunity to empower employers and employees to recognize all forms of bullying and harassment and provide the knowledge and tools needed to effectively deal with all forms of workplace discrimination.
As part of this initiative, The Respect Campaign will be holding a series of free lectures during the week. The lectures will provide information, resources and education sessions specific to respect in the workplace and workplace bullying in general.
Respectf At Work Week will also provide an online Academy where employees can learn about gender equity, what others are doing, view thought leadership videos and learn tips to embed a respectful culture in their workplace.
Fostering a healthy and productive work environment is everyone’s responsibility. The Respect Campaign is committed to ensuring all can work in healthy, respectful and inclusive workplaces where all people are valued. Workplace Culture is the new black for competitive advantage in 2018!
Further details and how your workplace can participate in the week will be announced on International Women’s Day in March 2018. Partners will also be announced soon.