This week is Anti-Bullying Week in the UK and the topic is something that is extremely close to our hearts in the #BeTheRipple team. To show our support for the wonderful work that the charity BulliesOut do around the topic of bullying, we have decided to post out pieces every day this week, amplifying voices, sharing stories and exploring the way that bullying makes people feel.
Today's piece is a lovely poem from Angela O'Driscoll entitled 'Stand Up!'.
Angela is the Director of People Transformation in Companies House, she is a champion of kindness in workplaces and she and her team do amazing work to ensure that there is an inclusive and caring culture embedded throughout the organisation at all levels.
You can find Angela on LinkedIn: Here and on Twitter: @AngieLewis_CH
Over to Angela:
Bullying can happen, whatever your role
Subtle or direct, always taking it’s toil
Exclusion, snide comments, undermined every day
Afraid to make a fuss , fearful of what you do and what you say
Raising a grievance feels like the end of the road
Going against toxic cultures - you're not following the code
Yet each of us has the choice to intervene
To challenge poor behaviour if that’s what we’ve seen
Creating a space where it’s safe to say
Here we all count and we don’t act that way
Anti bullying is our mantra and we will not rest
Until everyone has a voice and can be their best
And if our efforts fail and the mountains are too high
We will choose a new workplace where everyone can fly
And those organisations that allow bullying to flourish
Will lose the skills and talent they failed to nourish
Because in this new world, some behaviours are key
Compassion with kindness and inclusivity
So stand up , make a difference and workplace bullying will end
Zero tolerance is the message that we must all send!
Thank you so much to Angela for sharing this lovely piece.
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Thank you once again to Angela for sharing her work with us, a reminder to leaders that driving a zero tolerance culture is so vitally important in giving everyone in the organisation the safety to stand up and speak out against bullying behaviours.
If you have been impacted by bullying or harassment of any kind, please speak to someone you can trust at work or outside of work and get some advice from your organisation or externally. You do not have to put up with people treating you unfairly or unkindly, at work or in any other setting.
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