Racing, like many work environments, is coming through a time of profound change - with new generations no longer accepting outdated behaviours and attitudes, and with social media and broader cultural shifts increasing the ability, and willingness, of people at all levels of organisations to be heard.
It’s a critical time for both workers and employers - and in response, many businesses are focused on better understanding and improving their internal culture and practices.
An effective ‘speak up’ culture is one where employees are encouraged to raise concerns and feel comfortable in doing so without fear of persecution.
It requires managers, trainers and other leaders in racing workplaces to encourage a culture of dialogue and openness so that employees feel that these leaders are trusted, willing and prepared to handle their concerns.
This also provides an opportunity for the organisation to deal with employee concerns early - before they entrench, or escalate into higher-risk incidents, formal complaints or other forms of crisis.
But every employee can have an impact - especially around day-to-day workplace culture, where it really is true that ‘the standard we walk past - is the standard we accept’.
The most effective way to stop a behaviour, can be to signal that it’s not acceptable. This doesn’t have to mean taking or threatening formal action right from the start - it can be a simple as standing up for yourself or someone else in a more informal, non-confrontational way, or having a quiet chat with a senior colleague or manager to get their advice or support.
Your racing codes are focused on, and determined to stamp out unacceptable behaviour in our workplaces. It harms individuals, businesses, and the industry.
We encourage anyone in racing to:
- Actively ‘call out’ workplace behaviour that negatively impacts individuals, or a workplace.
- Speak directly to those involved - and if required, an appropriate manager.
- Contact our confidential helpline for any advice you or a colleague may need - or to report an issue where you feel you need further support.
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