I'd love to hear what you have to say! Adults being told how to be "civil" to each other is always an interesting topic of discussion!
Basically: Is there a policy, or a list of "musts", within your current organization that specifically targets employee behavior such as how all employees/students/workers in general must treat each other?
Please share, was there a reason behind the implementation of this policy? (a.k.a drama?)
If your organization does not have one:Should there be one?
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The most recent private school in which I taught had a policy of students calling teachers by their first name. There was a conscious attempt to make everyone--students, teachers and administrators--equal, and it created an atmosphere of civil casualness. Being a small school, we had no department heads, and it was nice to call my principals by their first names as well. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and consequently, the students regarded their teachers as both friends and mentors.
As mentioned above most of the expectations are unwritten. As professionals we are expected to treat others with respect, regardless of their beliefs or positions.
Many professionals are very unprofessional nowadays, it seems. The "reporting" by employees upon the actions and words or others is flagrant. Three or four decades ago, "whistle-blowing" on petty things would have been discouraged and even punished, but nowadays certain teachers spy on others, read their school email, etc. Even the morals clause is rarely enforced if it only involves adults.
I don't think any "civil" policy has been explicitly mentioned or has been made reference to in places where I have worked. Of course there are unwritten expectations of how we are supposed to work together, but mostly these are overlooked by those in power and therefore have the "right" to bellow and shout at you.
There are codes of conduct that students have to agree to and sign, but the way in which they are backed up is questionable.
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