Northumbria University DIGNITY AT WORK DIGNITY AT WORK PRINCIPLE The University’s MISSION STATEMENT includes the “……..determination to create equal opportunities and a harmonious and satisfactory learning and working environment for its student and staff.” While it is recognised that the basic relationship between the University and members of staff is that of an employer and an employee, it is also recognised that in order to achieve this aspect of its Mission this relationship must, in practice, be conducted in a manner which values, unconditionally, a respect for the dignity of staff as human beings. As such it will be expected that the University, through its managers, will behave towards staff in a manner which respects the value of each individual as an end in itself, rather than treating staff solely as units of labour employed to provide a particular service. Correspondingly, the University requires that all staff behave toward their managers and colleagues in a manner that also respects, as an end in itself, the inherent value of each of these individuals as human beings. This standard of behaviour is also expected of managers and staff in relation to their dealings with students, customers and external agencies. DIGNITY AT WORK PRECEPTS The University accepts that, as a consequence of the Dignity at Work Principle, the dignified treatment of staff will involve: Eradicating discriminatory practices and guaranteeing equal treatment and opportunity irrespective of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation and religion. Eradicating behaviour that undermines an individual’s self esteem, confidence or mental health. Providing working conditions that respect each member of staff’s health and safety at work. Being honest in communications with employees and open in sharing information limited only by legal and commercial constraints. Listening to and, where possible, acting on employees’ ideas and requests. Engaging in fair procedures in dealing with complaints from or against members of staff. Engaging in negotiations, in good faith, when conflicts arise. Encouraging and assisting staff in developing relevant and transferable knowledge and skills. Being sensitive to the reductions in staff numbers that can arise from business decisions and to working with employees, trade unions and other agencies in addressing such situations. DIGNITY AT WORK AND ORGANISATIONAL SUCCESS Operating on the basis of the Dignity at Work Principle is considered essential to creating and maintaining a workforce that is: Well motivated. Flexible and adaptable. Skilled and knowledgeable. Creative and innovative. Healthy. Efficient and effective. Loyal and supportive.
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