Monday, November 20, 2017
BJC | 23,957. That very large number is the number of women who serve our patients and community as BJC team members. Inspiring, intelligent, compassionate and dedicated women make up nearly 80 percent of our organization’s workforce. But even if we only had one woman in our organization, I would still want to share this message.
There have been some very disturbing headlines in the news these past few weeks about how women are treated in the workplace. Sexual harassment stories are being highlighted everywhere we turn, and it’s appalling the number of instances and the frequency at which these stories are being brought to light.
While much of what we are hearing about is focused on the entertainment industry, we know it’s happening everywhere. In fact, a recent ABC News-Washington Post poll showed that more than half of all American women — 54 percent — have experienced “unwanted and inappropriate sexual advances” at some point in their lives. And 30 percent of women have dealt with this behavior at work.
Having learned these statistics, and knowing that males also experience sexual harassment in the workplace, I want to be sure each and every team member across BJC HealthCare knows where we stand on this topic.
BJC HealthCare does not accept or tolerate harassment of our team members — female or male — in any form, including sexual harassment. Our BJC shared principles state “we demonstrate trust, dignity and respect; high ethical standards and behaviors; teamwork and accountability,” and we expect every team member across BJC to model those principles.
We will not, and do not, dismiss lewd descriptions or inappropriate conduct as “locker room talk,” nor do we find jokes, comments or anything of that nature that is disrespectful to others, regardless of gender, to be acceptable.
If you are on the receiving end of this type of behavior, please let your leader or human resources business partner know. If you see this type of behavior happening to one of your co-workers, please speak up and say something to your leader or human resources business partner. We don’t want our team members to suffer in silence. Additional information on how to report this type of behavior can be found here.
I speak often about embracing the “platinum rule” of treating others as they would like to be treated.
This includes creating and advancing a culture of respect for all colleagues, no matter their sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, etc.
We are all health care providers, here to care for our patients, their families and our communities. It’s so important that we also take care of each other, as it’s the people who make our organization so special.
Email me at RichL@bjc.org and follow me on Twitter @bjc_president.
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11/30/2017 3:52 PM
In complete agreement.