How many times have you witnessed an unfair situation where you find yourself uncomfortable and even upset but you do not do anything about it? Have you ever felt scared of losing your job if you say something? I know it, I have been there.
You don’t have to know how old I am, but I’m pretty sure I’m older than you (statistics, baby!), and trust me when I tell you that when I was younger, I felt paralyzed of terror for some things I got to witness and experienced myself in previous jobs, everything from injustices in the workload, rudeness from the bosses, lack of respect, homophobia, misogyny, all the way to sexual harassment. Don’t get me wrong, I am not an innocent lamb that needs protection, it’s just that I did not know what to do, or how to do it, and I felt terror of what others might think of me if I spoke.
It has been many years since then. Now I can tell you something for sure, I no longer feel fear. Anxiety? uncertainty? nerves? Sure, I am not a machine! But I truly believe that there are more good people than evil, and I will NOT remain silent upon anything or anyone if I witness any of these situations again.
I am proud to work at GEODIS, in an environment that encourages us to raise our voices upon any injustice or unfair situation. You can start by telling it to whomever you trust the most, to the Human Resources team, to your manager (or any manager), or really anyone, what matters is to please raise your voice.
GEODIS promotes respect and trust, creating programs to incentivize the wellbeing of its people, opening a forum to express opinions in a secure environment to everyone. Initiatives as the GEODIS Women's Network represents the company's commitment to all its current and future collaborators, determined to hire and identify every talent with no genre distinction.
Raising our voice and speak up is something we need to train ourselves in. We don’t live in a world where silence is rewarded, on the contrary, our ideas, principles and opinions are highly valued. Expressing our minds with respect will lead to being better understood by others, and provide an idea of what they can expect from us.
This is not only applicable in our jobs, but also in our daily lives. Speaking is a “muscle” we need to train every day. Raise your voice, be part of the solution to an existing problem.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and a good, safe working environment requires ALL OF US.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke
This article was edited by Ana Rosa Arana - firstname.lastname@example.org.