Next week Work Warrior will start a series on common bullies found in the workplace and what you can do fight against the bully. However, this week, I want to encourage you to think about a world full of bully free workplaces. I envision it to look something like this:
We’d gather around all in a room fasten our belts engage in dialogue.
We’d all slow down, rest without guilt, not lie without fear, disagree sans judgment.
We would stay and respond and expand and include and allow and forgive and enjoy and evolve and discern and inquire and accept and admit and divulge and open and reach out and speak up.
We’d open our arms we’d all jump in. We’d all coast down into safety nets.
We would share and listen and support and welcome, be propelled by passion, not invest in outcomes. We would breathe and be charmed and amused by difference. Be gentle and make room for every emotion.
We’d provide forums. We’d all speak out. We’d all be heard. We’d all feel seen. We’d rise post-obstacle more defined more grateful. We would heal be humbled and be unstoppable. We’d hold close and let go and know when to do which. We’d release and disarm and stand up and feel safe.
At the risk of sounding like a teen of the 90’s, Alanis Morissette’s Utopia describes a workplace free of bullies. Emotional safety is demanded. Opinions are respected. Unstoppable teams would be created and expected. Now, I challenge you to think about what your workplace utopia would look like. Work Warrior is about to dive into a series that highlights how to stop workplace bullies. We need you to understand why it is important. We need you to have the courage to say enough is enough. Stand up for those that can’t find the strength to stand up for themselves. My call to action involves you thinking about the endless possibilities that can arise from healthy workplaces, filled with fearless, strong, and skilled teams…