The Speak Up! Pledge initiative is straightforward and simple.
The Pledge is a call to action because speaking up is the #1 challenge in the workplace — especially for women, but this applies to men, too. Moreover, women too often remain silent about important issues that affect them, choosing instead to rely on hope that problems will resolve themselves. They will not. The workplace of 2015 is demanding and complicated for both assistants and managers, and it is only getting more so. Electronic communication is great, but it does not take the place of talking with one another. Having conversations is the only way to positively navigate the issues of our 24/7 work life.
My work training Executive and Personal Assistants all around the world has compelled me to launch the Speak Up! Pledge. What I know is that the issue of Speaking Up in the workplace – or lack thereof – is the elephant in the room in offices around the world. Typically, it’s fear holding back assistants from speaking their minds about all kinds of things. It’s time to start the conversation – professionally and respectfully – because the silence is hurting our workplace in a profound way.
“You probably won’t live long enough to gather the wisdom that Bonnie Low-Kramen shares. Not only is it ok to find your voice, but it is imperative!”
~ Teri Wells, International Speaker, PA | Johannesburg, South Africa