The last few years have seen the #MeToo movement turn from a Twitter storm into the beginning of a seismic shift in workplace culture.

#MeToo has set new standards for what’s acceptable, particularly when it comes to the workplace – it’s implications go far beyond just sexual harassment to encompass all forms of workplace misconduct and racism and discrimination in the workplace. When we spend an average of 40 hours a week at work, culture should be a top priority for organizational leaders wishing to attract and retain top talent and to grow their business sustainably.

2019 marked the beginnings of a philosophical transformation in corporate culture from “growth at all costs” towards sustainable growth, a focus on people and business as a force for good in the world.

As we move into this new decade, we’ve collated four strategies you can use to ensure your organization supports a culture in which your employees thrive and feel proud to be part of:

  1. Practice inclusive leadership – inclusivity and diversity starts at the top and should be baked into an organization’s DNA at every touchpoint: from hiring practices through to leadership training.
  2. Make people accountable (on both sides) – workplace bullying, sexual misconduct and discrimination of all kinds thrive in low-accountability environments. Dual accountability on behalf of both the employee and employer not only sets the bar for what’s acceptable but also for normalizing reporting practices and resolution.
  3. Put your people first – HR strategy should start with your employees. Empower them to Speak Up safely about behaviors affecting their lives every day and give your workforce the chance to shape their environment.
  4. Question legacy mechanisms – from training practices to reporting tools, question legacy mechanisms when it comes to how your organization deals with sensitive issues. Are they actually delivering the desired outcome and creating a workplace culture that reflects your company’s values and mission?

At Vault Platform we empower organizations to create a culture of trust, accountability and transparency. We believe that a solid foundation on which to build culture enables each individual to Speak Up safely and feel like they can bring their whole authentic selves to work.