I know how hard it is to speak truth to power. But I also know how essential it is to do so – why is it so important to speak your truth? Let me tell you why…
We all are going to go through a process of pivoting from pandemic life to whatever life is going to look like next. Particularly in our workplaces as we come back together with our co-workers, we must be respectful of the various experiences people have had throughout the pandemic. Some may have lost family members, some may have suffered from mental health issues, and others may not have been impacted directly at all. Everyone is likely at a different point in the process of pivoting, and we need to be respectful and conscious of those differences.
We can treat each other with dignity and respect. I believe creating and maintaining a respectful workplace is essential for every workplace in the future. The time has passed to accept disrespectful and inappropriate behavior as commonplace. Employees who are respected and can be their true selves in the workplace will undoubtedly be happier, give more of themselves, an the results will follow.
Unfortunately, we (the collective everyone “we”) have become so accustomed to believing only those who we identify with we’ve stopped considering the possibility that an alternative (and valuable) perspective may also exist. What we really need right now is more “we” and less “them” and “us”