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					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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