The Healthy Respect charter, the guiding document of Georgia Regents University’s Healthy Respect Project, will soon be placed in offices on both the Summerville and Health Sciences campuses. The first step in a long list of planned changes, making the charters visible is an effort to renew GRU’s commitment to creating and maintaining a culture of civility and professionalism.
Healthy Respect, an enterprise-wide educational and awareness project, underwent a 10-month process to ensure its alignment with GRU’s Transition Forward strategic priorities. The project’s outcomes include fostering a community that is characterized by respect and professionalism; decreasing absenteeism, turnover, and time lost in productivity resulting from disruptive behaviors; and increasing policies and procedures that promote a culture of civility.
Kent Guion, Vice President of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, said hanging the charters opens the way for the university to move forward with the project.
“Our goal now, as before, is to cultivate and maintain a culture of civility by encouraging positive dialogue during the transitional process,” Guion said. “In the future, we hope to make smaller versions of the charter available to everyone so that our commitment is always in the forefront of people’s minds.”
As the initiative continues to take shape, the next step in the process is to create subcommittees to assist in implementing the project. According to Guion, these committees, which will include 10 to 15 people, will seek expanded faculty, staff, student, and employee involvement.
“We want everyone to feel like they have a voice, and a voice that matters,” Guion said. “By creating a proactive system with a civil and upbeat approach, we hope to foster a more respectful and professional work environment.”
Following the creation of subcommittees, the Healthy Respect project also will seek to create a web presence, create guideline manuals, and offer various training opportunities.
The project, coordinated through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, will consist of a broad-based core team of staff, faculty, and students charged with implementing the initiative.
A Commitment to a Culture of Civility
At Georgia Regents University and Georgia Regents Health System we embrace civility as the commitment to engage with others in the most positive, respectful manner, even when there is genuine disagreement.
Civil and respectful treatment is a fundamental requirement in our academic, social and patient care environments. We maintain that the highest level of professional behavior is an uncompromising standard of excellence that should be modeled in all of our interactions.
We support and promote a culture of respect and dignity towards all members of our community. It is our obligation to confront disrespectful conduct and report the incident to the appropriate authority in a timely manner. We agree to promote awareness and education of civility and to foster “healthy respect” throughout Georgia Regents University and Georgia Regents Health System.