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Build a team of advocates

Some of your team will already be strong believers in the importance of a positive workplace culture.

They can be excellent advocates for the cause and help deliver the departments agenda.

Others may not see the value and may question "why we are thanking people for doing their job?".

Persevere – it will take time to change situations but it can be done, and has been.

Consider recruiting a diverse team including junior doctors (trainees and non-trainees), consultants, midwives, students and supervisors/managers into advocacy roles, e.g.:

  • Workplace behaviour champions
  • Civility champions
  • Anti-bullying team
  • Positive Working Group-an impartial group to address departmental issues (not just workplace behaviour issues)

Much of the power of these teams comes from their collaborative nature and it is important to ensure representation across your department.