Wear pink and practice kindness on February 28
On February 28, Pink Shirt Day, practice kindness and wear pink to symbolize that you will not tolerate bullying.
In line with Canada’s Defence Policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, we must put people first. This means that we must protect individuals from sources of distress and harm, such as bullying in the workplace.
Every individual has the right to a workplace free of bullying, harassment and discrimination. Encouraging everyone to think about how they can help reduce bullying contributes to a healthier and safer workplace.
Bullying is seen as acts or verbal comments that could mentally hurt or isolate someone. According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, it may be hard to identify bullying in the workplace as workplace bullies do not recognize that their behaviour is harmful to others.
One approach to creating awareness is to ask questions that prompt us to think about our own behaviour, and how it might affect others. The goal is to consider our own role in enabling or eliminating workplace bullying.
The simplest solution to bullying in the workplace: be kind!
A culture of kindness in the workplace has been shown to:
- Strengthen employee mental health and well-being
- Improve employee engagement and performance
- Reduce stress and absenteeism
- Boost productivity
- Increase retention rates
- Elevate teamwork and collaboration
- Decrease of accidents and incidents
Your challenge: commit one random act of kindness every day. The positive effects will be enormous, and your personal satisfaction will increase dramatically. More importantly, you will have formed a positive connection with a colleague, which can only help when it comes to collaborating with others.
Want to be a catalyst for organizational transformation? Just be kind and #PinkItForward!
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