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Rufus celebrates fourth annual RESPECT week

As we celebrate our fourth Rufus RESPECT week, our Head of People & Culture Emily-Faye explains how the initiative came about, and how this year it’s all about us – the people who make the agency special.

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RESPECT WEEK IS A CELEBRATION OF HOW WE SHOW RESPECT IN TEAMS AND ACROSS THE WHOLE AGENCY 

By Emily-Faye Duncan

Respect. It’s a two-way street. We all want it, and we should all give it. 

But respect comes in many forms - cultural and social respect, respect for values, the law, respect for nature, respect for ourselves and respect for each other. 

At Rufus we wanted to have a regular reminder and celebration of how we conduct ourselves, and show respect to each other. So in 2019 Rufus Respect Week was born, and we’ve been doing it ever since. 

In the past we’ve focused on the general theme of respect, working with external partners to run unconscious bias workshops, and Creative Equals to host an inclusive behaviour workshop with all of our staff. 

This year we wanted to do something slightly different, and focus it on ourselves - our Rufus people. We wanted to find connection with each other and celebrate those differences that we have. 

So, we’re heading to the Barbican as a Rufus collective for a full day of training and workshops to really learn how we can show respect for each other in new ways, how we can support each other and how we can make sure respect is kept appropriate. 

We know that being respected by others boosts our self-esteem and has a positive impact on our mental health. Without that respect in the workplace, you can have conflict - and we definitely don’t want that. 

The past couple of years, people have experienced change. And although things do change; respect shouldn’t. 

Emily-Faye has over 13 years of experience working in Human Resources in the creative industry. She's a member of the Alliance of Independent Agencies DEI group and part of the BIMA HR peer network group. She created the RAW initiative for Rufus Leonard to make internships accessible to anyone from any background.

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Emily-Faye DuncanHead of People and Culture
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