Need for respect reinforced by city

Anyone interacting with city hall in Williams Lake can expect to be treated with respect.

Anyone interacting with city hall in Williams Lake can expect to be treated with respect.

That’s the gist of a new respectful workplace declaration created by staff that was endorsed by city council last week.

The declaration says whether a person is an employee, elected official or member of the public, that person has the right to a climate of understanding and mutual respect.

“The challenges over the past few months have highlighted the need to attend to our corporate culture in a more intentional way,” executive assistant Heather Silvester noted in a report to council.

“We have established a Respectful Workplace Advisory Committee which is dedicated to creating a respectful workplace through education and engagement.

The objective is to inspire people and to engage our employees to join in helping to create a workplace where all our interactions are conducted with respect and professionalism.”

Chief administrative officer Darrell Garceau said:  “It’s just the first step of many positive initiatives that will be undertaken,” he said.

Silvester said a respectful workplace committee was formed and the committee’s first task was to create a declaration that could be placed in all city buildings.

“The next step will be the adoption of a respectful workplace program comprised of monthly topics aimed to educate and engage staff participation.

Throughout this process we will conduct surveys to gage the effectiveness of our program.”

 

Williams Lake Tribune