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RFK Human Rights wants employers to safeguard ‘workplace dignity’

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights launched a new Workplace Dignity initiative on Oct. 6 to advise employers on how their employees are valued and treated at work.

The new program, supported by a grant from the Tramuto Foundation, will start with a content series published by RFK Human Rights with collaborators such as Harvard University affiliate Donna Hicks and advocacy groups including One Fair Wage and ReadySet, among others, said Jeffrey M. Siminoff, SVP at RFK Human Rights and leader of Workplace Dignity.

The initiative is timely, Siminoff said, in part due to the talent market shift created by the pandemic as well as workers’ response to that shift. With U.S. quit rates at record highs in 2021, employers have been tasked with responding to the “great resignation” and the accompanying shuffling of workers’ career goals and desires.

“The idea was to give organizations and their leaders the tools to actually do something with the things they say they care about,” Siminoff told HR Dive. He added that RFK Human Rights is working with an advisory council of organizations in various industries and will launch an additional component of the program, an event series called Voices of Dignity, in 2022.

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