Boardroom level disagreements happen in organisations every day. This is true for the private, public and third sectors. In some ways passionate discussions are a sign of a healthy organisation. The moment individuals feel that they cannot express how they really feel about a topic, without fear of retribution or reprisal is the moment that people should become concerned.
So, here we are approaching the end of another year. Time seems to move faster every year. Long-time readers of my blog will know that from time to time I give forecasts of trends and developments I expect to see in the world of work during the year ahead. So, for my last missive for this year, here are nine.
When we talk about our life experiences, we invite the listener to enter into our world and share the experience that we have lived. Telling stories encourages communication below the surface and promotes community, kinship and unity by bringing people together.
Many of us are familiar with the term Trauma. We hear it mentioned in relation to the exceptional work undertaken by doctors and nurses up and down the country who help to rebuild lives after a distressing event such as a car accident, stabbing or physical injury. We are also familiar with the term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This term became well known as we begun to learn more about the stories of brave members of the armed forces who need help to recover following experiences on the front line.
The concept of Psychological Safety is surfacing increasingly in our work. People learn and perform best when they feel psychologically safe. In environments where one feels unsure or hesitant about suggesting or trying new ideas, we find that learning and creativity become suppressed. Psychological safety in individuals has been defined as an employee’s sense of being able to show and employ one’s self without fear of negative consequences.
Over the course of each year, various HR themes become hot topics. One such theme is the gender pay gap. As we know, the headlines are that UK companies with 250 or more employees must publish their gender pay gap data by April 2018 or the end of March for the public sector. It is well publicised that some sectors have a bigger gap than others. For example, recent University audits indicate a pay disparity of more than 20 per cent. The BBC has made its own publicity about its quandary.
A few years ago, I was invited to mediate in a case where two female Consultants from an Acute Trust had fallen out. Both Consultants had been drafted in to help at a local hospice. There was a dispute about the handover process from one Consultant Sarah, to the other, Eva. Somehow, Eva who had just started her shift hadn’t registered that 67-year old Mr. Smith was allergic to morphine despite his notes indicating this.