A respectful workplace creates productive and engaged employees. On the other hand, workplaces where employees feel disrespected experience high levels of turnover, conflict, grievances, and low levels of engagement, attendance and productivity.
The Human Resources Director for one of partners approached us seeking a solution to the following:
An employee alleged that two colleagues (one of them her supervisor) often made demeaning comments and joked about her appearance, ethnicity and gender. She asked them to stop but was ignored. One morning, she found an offensive cartoon affixed to her locker; her co workers and supervisors stood nearby laughing.
She approached the CEO who advised her to “it was just meant to be funny. Get over it, It’s just the way things work around here!” She was so upset that she called in sick for the next three days. She even went to her doctor who advised that perhaps this was not the workplace for her.
When she returned to work, she met with CEO (they were too small to have a HR person) about the situation and was so distraught that she could not stop crying. She couldn’t afford to quit but was too humiliated to face her co workers.
The CEO believed the allegations to be true since he had overheard his fair share of inappropriate comments, language and humour in the workplace. However, in his 10 years with the organization, no one had complained.
We were able to help with The Respect Campaign in the Workplace workshop. This instructor-led workshop is offered in two modules (half day and full day) and focuses on the benefits of respect in the workplace, including:
- Supports a mentally healthy and psychologically safe workplace
- Accountability for one’s actions and understanding that they are responsible for contributing to a respectful workplace.
- Fosters a workforce that embraces diversity.
- Improves working relationships.
- Improves problem-solving and conflict resolution.
- Increases productivity and engagement.
- Reduces workplace stress.
Supports a workplace culture of fairness and equity.