Everyone is born into this world by the choice of the parents, no one asked for it. And so we all have no choice into which country we are born, who our parents are, what sex we are, and the colour of our skin. But all of these factors combined give us our culture. It makes us who we are. As we grow older our parents or peers instil us with a set of beliefs, moral and social, and this stays with us up to the age where we are able to think and act independently. Then we are able to change these beliefs to that of our own. This then allows us to have a set of preferences for the way we live our life. What happened in our past we cannot change, and it is from our past that gives us our heritage. Who we are and where we came from. All of these beliefs, culture and heritage are personal to us, make us who we are, they are an everyday important tool in the way we live our lives. Though they are not defined! We can change and we must change in certain environments.
One being the workplace. It is of utmost importance at work that a standard set of rules and beliefs are adhered to, no matter what your culture or heritage. This is to ensure all people are treated fairly and the rules and beliefs are usually along the same lines e.g. treating all people fairly, respect one another etc. In the work place we have colleagues and residents and visitors who all deserve the same amount of dignity and respect and all have the right to go about their business without being influenced on their beliefs by a single other person. By all sticking to the same set of standards and beliefs we can ensure a fair service is provided to all.
However does this mean that when we are in the workplace we can forget our own identities and that of others? No. It means that we have a common set of values that we will all abide by in order to treat all people fairly. For example not treating male residents any different to female residents, offering them the same opportunities. But we must also understand very clearly that each individual has their own set of beliefs, culture and heritage and that we must not discriminate base on this. What we can do is learn to understand this. Embrace it and promote it. It is very easy to believe that our own way of doing thing is correct and anyone different is wrong or inferior. This is due to a lack of understanding of the unknown.
When we start to understand more about the unknown it becomes the known and so is more acceptable to us. So by understanding and respecting the beliefs of others we can learn very much. The whole practise of understanding others and respecting there values is not only essential to provide an equal and comfortable work space. It is the key tool in promoting wellbeing, happiness and a sense of inclusion in our residents and staff. If we all stuck to our own beliefs we would all be alone and feel different from all others. By showing understanding and respect we can learn and respect each other and make for a happier place to be. Assignment 303
In my workplace we use inclusive practise in all areas. Examples of this can be asking individuals what time they would like to be assisted to bed and not assisting all residents at a set time. It could be offering the individual a choice of clothes to wear and not making that choice for them. It could be asking the individual residents what they would like to eat and giving choice. Not giving all residents the same meal. It can be as simple as talking with the residents and not talking over them. Asking them what they want and not asking other staff members. It could be helping the residents access the local library at their convenience and not waiting for the once weekly trip by bus. These are all examples of how inclusive practise helps the residents contribute to the care they receive. This is essential in promoting wellbeing and raising standards of comfort and happiness.
Exclusive practise should not be accepted in the workplace. Examples of this could be having separate lounges and dining rooms for Male and Female residents. Having only activities that favour one gender. e.g. Knitting, flower arranging and card making. And not having an activity that would suit a male resident. It could be only celebrating Christmas in the Christian calendar and not considering those who are of another faith and allowing them to celebrate their own festival too. It could be only providing one option at meal times and not considering those who have another taste. It could be waking all residents up at the same time in order to get your jobs complete and not respecting the individual’s right to choose when they want to wake up. All of these practises hinder the progress of good care and will prevent the individual having a high sense of wellbeing.
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