REFLECTIONS ON THE ROAD TO RESPECT
available as a PODCAST
Last December we posted A Christmukah Story, a post I wrote in 2006 focusing on respecting diversity during the Christmas season. I have had a number of conversations recently that lead me to conclude that the “do we say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays” conversation is far from complete.
As I wrote in that post “It is true that not everyone in our multi-cultural country celebrates Christmas - and it is important to acknowledge that. However, in the workplace, this acknowledgment must be part of a broader, clearly communicated strategy to promote a respectful, inclusive culture. In a Canadian workplace, this culture clearly includes a celebration of Christmas. If that is not recognized, an employer risks promoting divisiveness and alienation rather than inclusion and acceptance”
One of the challenges is finding language that conveys respect to all Canadians while recognizing the cultural and religious significance of Christmas in Canada. This holiday message from the Canadian School of Peacemaking provides an example of how we might accomplish this objective.
“We wish you peace this season as we, in our tradition, prepare to celebrate Christmas and the coming of the Prince of Peace. Whatever tradition you are part of, we wish you the blessing of peace among friends, strangers and even enemies.”
Wishing you and those you cherish respect, love, good health
and peace for the holiday season and the New Year.
Pinsky’s writing style makes this book an easy read for managers, decision-makers, human resource professionals and business owners and anyone else interested in building a respectful workplace. She provides tangible advice interwoven with the stories of real organizations who demonstrate on a daily basis the value of promoting a respectful workplace. Pinsky ensures that readers can glean from the book information they need to take action. A respectful workplace culture is a road “paved” over time with trust and support; and Pinsky’s book provides the tools you need to arrive at your destination.
Catherine M. Mattice
President, Civility Partners, LLC & SME on Workplace Bullying