MESSENGERS OF PEACE

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The numbers clearly show that women boost business, reduce workplace violence and increase workplace performance when placed in charge of workplace operations. A male colleague conferred (talked) with me the other day that when women are in charge, workplace competition is removed, and there is less room for envy, intimidation, harassment and unnecessary jealousy.

When good employers encourage their young women there is less aggression in the workplace and women remain assertive in their pursuit of gender parity and the tacit conspiracy to undermine their capacity to contribute.

As we get civilized, we need to remove all forms of stereotyping, misplaced perceptions that the workforce has been created and defined by men and animosity directed at young women is acceptable. We need also to remove subconscious biases. The nature of our male dominated workplace culture must change. In the words of Arianna Huffington, there are men who have made the workplace a boiler room for burn out.

Consequently, we need to support the education of young women through internship programs that allow them to thrive, not stifle them. In some instances, women are adversaries of other younger women and rather than build them, they tend to tear them apart or in their own words, set them straight.

Over time, we have noticed the need to resolve conflict through dialogue and tolerance for one another. Even though we come from different cultures, traditions, beliefs and value systems, we share common survival instincts. These instincts to survive and thrive must be sharpened for the benefit of self and others.

As women become more secure in workplaces; women must mentor other women to succeed. According to Madeline Albright, “There is a special place in hell reserved for women who don’t help other women.”

A good employer ensures equal pay for equal work and we need to address pay discrepancies in our civil service and private sector. A good work place is one that promotes a positive work environment and caters for the growth of young people. Employers can no longer remain bystanders and treat young people as mere beneficiaries to workplace ethos. A good employer would recognize the role of young people as leading, innovative, creative and passionate. Young people remain key drivers for the growth and transition program of any workforce.

Furthermore, the responsibility of a good employer also lies with young employee who must hold their employers accountable for the workplace’s ever present opportunities and challenges. The fact that people have good and bad sides does not justify inhumane acts against them in workplaces. Making a case against passive, tacit or overt violence in any form should be supported by everyone.

Until next week, when we bring to you Part IV of this interest generating article “Workplace Mob Violence: Violence, Intervention and Prevention in the Workplace. Let peace remain in our hearts, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace continue to prevail in our time.

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