Protocols for an inclusive, safe, and secure workplace.
Cattle Dog Digital is the first Lotus Certified organisation. This meant working with Cattle Dog’s founders, employees and leadership team to establish a set of safer workplace protocols that would extend beyond the HR policies, and compliment the company’s vision and values.
Project Lotus was created by our co-founder Sarah Harkness in response to a passionate plea to the Tech and all workplaces. Her mission is to prevent workplace harassment and create equality in the workplace.
Cattle Dog Digital became the first Certified Project Lotus organisation when it was established and Sarah now advises organisations on how to implement their own protocols.
Our inspiration comes from Cattle Dog’s founders, who created a set of values and core business protocols for our employees that complement the company’s HR, gender and diversity goals. The protocols are shared and agreed with employees in a written contract that establishes the company’s expectations of behaviour and outlines consequences of non-compliance. Lotus has become imbedded in our culture as a way to live and operate our business.
Workplace harassment can take many forms:
All forms are damaging. To the individual, your brand, sales, and business relationships.
Cattle Dog’s Managing Director, Luke Orell, has almost 20 years of corporate experience. In that time, he’s heard countless distressing stories of workplace harassment that damaged individuals’ health, happiness, earning potential, and careers. As the leading principal of his own firm, he committed to creating a protocol to prevent workplace harassment.
An executive sponsor of Project Lotus, Luke made the development of Cattle Dog’s core values a crisp priority. The company’s values framework was created with input from the entire team and is reviewed annually. The framework is the basis of Project Lotus: a protocol to help create a workplace culture and environment that is inclusive, safe, and secure for all employees.
Everyone deserves to feel included, safe, and happy at work. And, as the world’s best-performing organisations know, happy employees are motivated, productive employees. Business performance, employee engagement, and morale aside, every employer has a legal responsibility under Occupational Health and Safety and anti-discrimination law to provide a safe workplace.
Becoming a Lotus-certified organisation means committing to a tangible framework, shared with employees, to create an inclusive, safe, and secure workplace. It requires including the mandatory Lotus protocols in your company’s values and sharing those expectations with your employees. It also demands standing by those protocols; no matter how uncomfortable the conversation.
Ending workplace harassment takes all of us working together.
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Cattle Dog established ten protocols by which they live and run their business. These protocols form the core of our values and are understood and honoured by our entire team.
Organisations must implement the first five mandatory protocols to become Lotus-certified. We encourage every Lotus-certified organisation to include its unique values in the protocol to help create a culture that supports an inclusive, safe, and secure workplace.
Join Cattle Dog in becoming Lotus Certified.