Nov 14, 2019
BH016 - Influencing a Culture to Speak Up
Allison Hawes is a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian who currently works at the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. She has over thirty years of experience in the healthcare field, serving as a coach, mentor, facilitator, and senior nurse. Allison holds a Master of Science from the University of Surrey, where she also received a degree as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse. Allison’s work as a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian involves supporting employees in resolving workplace concerns by facilitating communication and empowering a positive professional environment for all.
Allison joins me today to discuss her role as a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian and the specifics of how her role helps mitigate “blame culture” and promote a culture of organizational improvement and professional development. She shares the need for employees to feel that their voices are appreciated, the importance of employee wellbeing, and how her role as a Guardian can help bridge the divide between managers and employees. Allison also reveals the most common workplace concerns her constituents face and the responsibility we all have to promote a fairer professional landscape.
“There’s enough noise out there in the system for us to start believing that it’s okay to be treated well at work; it’s okay to expect this.” - Allison Hawes
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