A few months back, I shared an article on “4 Workplace Garanties Every Employee Should Have,” which is taken from the book ” Making Work human: How Human-Centered Businesses are Changing The Future of Work.”
Every employee should have access to the workplace guarantees I mentioned in my article. It doesn’t matter what job the employee holds, what company it is in, where it is located or what industry they work in. It is the foundation for employee experience. The Charter provides a guideline for where to go.
- Support for environmental, social and economic sustainability.
- People feel safe expressing their opinions and ideas with respect for others.
- Individuals can make use of their talents and voices for good.
- Employees have the right to reach their full potential by providing feedback and rewarding them with training.
As we all know, it is one thing to state that an organization believes in these principles, but another to demonstrate it. In my professional experience, I have worked with managers who said that work-life balance is important but never demonstrated it through their actions or tried to make it a reality. Their words and actions did not match.
Workman also understands this. Workman(r), Certified was created to address this need. It is a program that allows individuals and organizations to follow the Workhuman Charter of Workplace Rights. The certified program offers two options: one for individuals and another for organizations.
The Workhuman Certified Enterprise program guides organizations through identifying the actions they will take to support each workplace pillar and then documenting those accomplishments. The certification process is free and certified companies can use their achievements in their external and internal branding. They can also connect with other certified companies and learn from them.
The Workhuman Certified Professional program offers a self-paced, free learning experience that focuses on supporting and implementing principles from the Charter of Workplace Rights. To earn certification, individuals can complete the curriculum. Certified professionals, just like the Enterprise program, can then connect with and learn from other members of the community.
Both programs are very valuable to me. I understand why some human resource professionals want to try out the individual programs before deciding whether or not to pursue the Workhuman Certified Enterprise program. My Workhuman Certified Professional certification was earned, and I found the program both interesting and comprehensive. Learning is done through listening and reading. Each module ends with a self-assessment, which you can print for reflection or a refresher. The assessments could be used as the basis for the Enterprise case.
This could be the perfect time to examine organizational culture and employee experience as organizations begin to think about their economic future. Now that you know these programs, I encourage individuals and organizations to consider the Workhuman Certified badge more than just a badge.
It is a great moment to be recognized. But, the journey is what matters. It’s about putting words into practice with the Workhuman Certified designation. It is about letting employees know that we believe they deserve all the Charter stands for and that we will show them.
One last thing about the Workhuman Certified programs. It’s the free part. Many organizations offer recognition and awards programs. Participation in many of these programs is costly. That’s okay. These programs are not my intention. Workman is a company that always puts people first. They offered some of their products free of charge when the pandemic hit the headlines. That, to me, is a clear indicator that people put words into action. Learning how to create an amazing employee experience in a company that lives it daily is a tremendous benefit.