Dignity at work

To treat someone with dignity is to treat them as being of worth, in a way that is respectful to their diversity.

Treating patients and clients with dignity is essential within nursing practice. However in order for nursing staff to effectively treat patients with dignity and respect, they too, must feel valued by employers, managers and colleagues.

Often, when dignity is absent people feel devalued and lacking in control.

Why does it matter to employers?

Adopting a workplace culture where everyone is treated with dignity will reap the benefits of a loyal and motivated workforce.

Promoting dignity at work is likely to:

  • reduce stress-related health problems
  • reduce unplanned staff absences
  • lead to greater willingness to accept change and learn new skills
  • promote team-work

Inclusive, diverse workplaces are shown to retain productive and committed staff. They also attract staff from a wider pool of job applicants which can deliver a broader range of talent and experience.

Does your organisation actively promote dignity at work?

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Page last updated - 03/08/2019