Ep90: Should you SPEAK UP at work? You have 4 options.

managing expectations


In this episode, Mei Phing discusses the limitations and challenges of Speak Up policies in multinational companies. It emphasizes the importance of seeking external support, such as mentors or coaches, to navigate workplace issues and protect one’s mental health.



01:05 ๐Ÿ’ก Speak Up policies in multinational companies are often ineffective in addressing workplace issues.

03:28 ๐Ÿ’ก HR departments may not always provide the necessary support and can have biases towards the team or senior leadership.

05:45 ๐Ÿ’ก Filling up anonymous forms may not lead to any action being taken, potentially making the policies seem futile.

07:46 ๐Ÿ’ก Seeking guidance from a mentor or coach outside of the company can be more helpful in finding solutions and maintaining peace of mind.


Key Insights

๐Ÿค” The existence of Speak Up policies is positive as it provides a platform for employees to raise concerns, but the effectiveness of these policies is heavily dependent on the people managing them and the company culture.

๐Ÿ˜ฅ Employees who follow the policies and speak up can face backlash or be ignored, leading to a lack of trust and an unhealthy work environment.

๐Ÿšซ Relying solely on HR may not always yield the desired outcome, as HR professionals can have biases and may prioritize the interests of the team or senior leadership.

๐Ÿ™Œ Seeking external support from mentors or coaches can provide valuable guidance and clarity, helping individuals navigate workplace challenges and protect their mental well-being.

โš–๏ธ While changing the entire corporate culture may not be feasible, individuals can take steps to improve their own situations and find peace of mind by seeking external support and exploring alternative avenues for resolution.

๐Ÿ’ช Taking action to protect one’s mental health and find constructive solutions, rather than wallowing in frustration, is crucial for personal growth and career advancement.

๐ŸŒŸ Organizations should strive to create a culture that encourages open communication, values employee well-being, and takes prompt action to address workplace issues to foster a healthy work environment.



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