Staff Charter

As a staff we would like to feel:

  • Respected
  • Appreciated
  • Supported
  • Calm
  • Happy

In order to feel this way we will:

  • give one another kudos before each meeting
  • listen actively without planning our response
  • ensure everyone has a voice and build on one another’s ideas
  • be flexible, responsive and share the workload by asking how can I help
  • ask for help openly utilizing the expertise of others in the building.
  • communicate expectations clearly like clarifying when responses are needed on emails
  • be considerate of other people’s time (asking “is this a good time…”)
  • do kind things like finding ways to cheer up a colleague, give genuine smiles and high fives.
  • find things to intentionally be thankful for each day
  • keep work/life balance and take time to laugh and to make others laugh
  • learn and use our team’s love language
  • walk slow and talk slow, urgency is not always needed
  • know one another by name, strength and need including others outside of your team
  • take breaks when needed and get real air
  • use positive talk with self and others

We will manage conflict and unwanted feelings by:

  • assuming good intent when having challenging conversations
  • taking three calming breaths or using other calming strategies in stressful situations
  • keeping things in perspective and letting go of things we can’t change.
  • limiting complaining and engage in productive problem solving
  • being aware of the tone we use when communicating with others
  • considering the perspectives of others when discussing issues
  • finding appropriate times to discuss issues with others
  • going directly to person involved and discussing issues privately face-to-face, not through email
  • taking time to reflect on our own behavior and responsibility
  • naming the action and emotion, using I statements ("When this happened, I felt…")
  • seeking help and mediation when necessary from a trusted peer or administrator