The 8th of March is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is “Be Bold for Change”.
In Australia, we are fortunate. Various workplace policies exist to promote diversity and equal employment opportunity, and to protect employees from discrimination, bullying and harassment. But can we do more to reject outdated discriminatory attitudes towards women?
I see International Women’s Day as an opportunity to not only review your workplace policies, but also to take a look at your workplace culture and be open to change.
Are there changes you can make to your workplace culture that will positively affect your employees and ultimately the organisation?
Creating or reviewing your diversity policy is a necessary step towards achieving a more respectful and equitable workplace. But to create a noticeable cultural shift, the key is promoting your policies with real actions.
These are just a few examples of how you can implement your policies to create real change:
Collaborative and consultative communication is essential to our day-to-day workplace culture, underpinning the long term success of your team and organisation. Learn more about the power of having courageous conversations at work.
Climate and cultural surveys can uncover issues such as bullying and harassment, inconsistent and inappropriate communications from management, team silos and the reasons for low morale. They can also identify what is working well in an organisation.
Coaching and staff trainings can make a positive impact by educating directors, managers and employees on appropriate communications in the workplace, staff and company values, building trust, adapting to change and meeting legislative compliance.
Implementing cultural change within an organisation can be a complex undertaking. Depending on your strategic direction, changes to the organisational structure maybe required. Before you dive into any hiring or firing of staff, always review your employment obligations!
If you are ready to “be bold for change”, let’s chat. We can discuss your vision and develop an appropriate plan of action that will remove the stress from the equation. Feel free to contact us today.
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