No matter the experience, education, skill, personality, or contribution to an organization, every human should have basic rights. Every worker should have a right to feel:

  1. A sense of belonging. Workers should have a right to feel like we are included in an organization and part of a team.
  2. Valued. Workers should have a right to feel like our contributions have worth and importance.
  3. Respected. Workers should have a right to dignity and have our human needs and individual strengths and weaknesses honored.
  4. Healthy. Workers should have a right to feel strong. We should have a right to work in environments that promote well-being.
  5. Accomplished. Workers should have a right to information and resources necessary to do our jobs well so we can feel productive.
  6. Supported. Workers should have a right to feel heard and receive appropriate responses when we voice concerns.
  7. Fairly treated. Workers should have a right to reasonable expectations and similar standards for our colleagues.
  8. Empowered. Workers should have a right to have power and control over our work for confidence and strength.
  9. Part of a greater purpose. Workers should have a right to play a meaningful role in the reason our organizations exists.

Debra Falzoi is the founder of Dignity Together. She boosts employees outside of work and teaches their employers what it means to create and maintain a safe and healthy workplace. She built a base of more than 16,000 workplace abuse legislation supporters, the largest by state in the nation. She's helped hundreds of abused employees understand their abuse situations, discover their self-worth, and learn how to move on from their toxic work cultures. She's been quoted in numerous media outlets including Redbook, Forbes, Monster, Alternet, Elephant Journal, Thrive Global, and Truthout, serves on the board of the National Workplace Bullying Coalition, and hosts the "Screw the Hierarchy" podcast.

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