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How To Make Your Workplace Safer For You And Your Wants And Needs

As a senior executive at a publicly traded company and a married mother of three, I believe that working on a team with the right people makes me safer. That’s why I have never worked in a workplace where we don’t respect each other’s privacy. No need to use code words or call-ins when we all know where to find each other.

I’m not telling you to avoid talking to coworkers, but know the signs of someone who might be hiding something. There’s a difference between “just trying to get things done” and “bitter” or “overly protective” or “obsessive.” Someone is trying too hard to be liked, which causes them to dole out too much criticism and not enough constructive criticism. Then, they have no clue what it is like to feel vulnerable and scared. They’re not trying to hide what they think you should know, but simply don’t know it yet. It becomes the perfect opportunity to give and be a friend. In time, they develop a healthy respect for their peers; they’ll be able to put your concerns to rest on a first name basis and understand what makes you tick. They’ll be willing to listen, learn and be a colleague. Most importantly: If you want to be safe, you’ll be safe.

How To Raise Your Sustainability Goals

As a senior executive and mother of three, I am a strong advocate for my company. I love working here because I know the value of my job and my responsibilities. I can always count on my team. As a mother, I am committed to the health and safety of my children. I have a safety net, so it would be a travesty.

In order to grow the Sustainability and Business Performance of our Nation, we needed to change the way we looked at sustainability. A business model that does not address the root of its problem is doomed to fail. I believe that change starts with us. Not only do I work hard, but so does my entire team. So we all know we have to get the right people, the right work and the right practices into the organization. That’s where we start. Not with annual plans or a report card, but with an honest commitment to what each of us believe and believe is the right thing to do for the company. That is the path to change. The next thing to remember is to stop waiting on someone else to make it all better. If we look within ourselves, all the right people and practices are already there. Every single team member is a steward of their own safety, their own well being and their own ability to grow as leaders for the right reasons. I can’t guarantee that everything will be perfect from day to day, week to week and year to year, but I am 100% sure that you don’t need to wait for someone else or expect the other guy to do it for you. You have to do it on your own. You and your team know best. Make sure to share your commitment with your team. In business, we believe in having a true team mentality. Don’t ask your teammates for things, do the right thing yourself. It will be easier when you have the support that will help you get the job done. Share your beliefs with others; share and learn from others who have made changes. We are all in this together.

You may not like the work environment, how other people communicate or even how others look. That’s ok. You deserve the right to grow and learn at work. You can’t help but learn from those around you. There are no shortcuts to change. Every single one has to be thought about, planned and executed to change the way we approach business. We all share the responsibility for our organization’s survival, so we have an obligation to support others in their efforts.

Take care, my friends. Always be respectful of your team and colleagues. Let them know you care and they can always count on the company to support you.

The bottom line here is how you can make a difference. There are many ways to do this, but what I have seen my entire career has been one simple approach: Be a steward of your own safety and well being. Don’t do or say anything that you think would hurt your company, the people you work with or your fellow team members. Make a commitment to yourself for the long term and make your way to the next level.