‘If it’s not important to me, then it’s not important’
There is a common view that “if it’s not important for me, then it’s not important”.
Unfortunately, this is how many people think. I prefer the approach that, no matter how big or small you may think something is, if it’s important, distressing or upsetting to someone else then you can and should make it important for you too.
It’s about creating an environment of proper equality and inclusivity, where everyone is listened to and we all have the same rights and opportunities. Happily, it can also be the basis of a successful and ethical business model.
It’s Important To:
understand that many people face daily challenges due to neurodiversity issues or mental health concerns at work and that this can be exceptionally challenging. Also, to ensure that those who face these challenges receive the same respect, equality and protection as their colleagues when experiencing workplace discrimination or bullying.
It’s Important For:
employers and business owners to recognise when employees are experiencing difficulty or are in need of additional support, and to have the proper training and strategies in place to ensure that the support is available and delivered effectively and with respect.
Any workplace bullying or discrimination that is left unchecked by the employer or not dealt with in a sensitive and empathetic manner can leave employees physically, emotionally and psychologically drained.
Those that are the target of bullying will experience significant distress and frustration which can often manifest itself in anger, anxiety or insomnia. The effects of bullying can affect a person’s wellbeing both inside and outside of the workplace and can leave them struggling to cope with psychological and often physical symptoms.
We offer tailored support and training to businesses to help them recognise the signs of workplace bullying. We encourage employers to engage in open dialogue with their colleagues and staff on the subject of bullying and mistreatment in the workplace, and support them to implement effective strategies and systems to identify and handle any situation, including the provision of support to their staff in order for them feel supported, listened to and valued.
To find out how we can help your business through our tailored training courses, please
Or, if you have been the victim of workplace bullying and you would like support and an informal, confidential chat, please get in touch. We are always happy to help.
Thanking the disability charity SCOPE for their kind message of appreciation, it’s been a pleasure to be a community volunteer.