Establishing a healthy work environment

Workplace well-being

Workplace well-being divides its work into 2 principal, but separate, advisory roles:

  1. Supporting employees to fulfill their obligations to serve Canadians according to a framework of values and ethics.
  2. Assisting employees to create healthier workplaces by addressing workplace conflict pro-actively.

Workplace well-being also includes accommodation of employee needs to ensure an optimal work environment for employees which also leads to a more productive work environment.

While it is our hope and intent that your time at Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and at Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and in government is enjoyable and conflict or harassment free, we do recognize that issues and conflicts arise and stressful situations can and do exist. It is for this reason that we have developed policies, directives and general guidelines to help employees with the various issues that may arise. You will learn more upon your arrival!

What do we mean by respect?

What is respect? It's a good question, isn't it? Some will say that the definition varies from one person to another, and they are probably right. The origin of the word includes the concepts of consideration, regard and honor.

Respectful workplace

A respectful workplace is an environment characterized by inclusiveness, justice and equity for all regardless of rank, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, language, cultural background or any other distinguishing factor.

Disrespectful behavior affects everyone's work environment, loyalty and morale. On the other hand, respect is a powerful change agent to improve teamwork and enable business decisions that are consistent with our department's values and ethics.

An organizational culture that values respect and civility as responsibilities shared and experienced by everyone leaves no room for discrimination, bullying or harassment and fosters a healthy and safe work environment.

Respectful engagement tips

  1. Maintain a respectful tone and volume when sharing my opinion.
  2. Take the point of view of others.
  3. Value the many different sources of knowledge that exist.
  4. Listen to the entire message, without interrupting or editorializing.
  5. Look for places to agree, connect or support.
  6. Explain why I disagree, when I do.
  7. Admit to myself where I need to grow or change.
  8. Acknowledge that I don’t have to be right all the time.
  9. Act in ways that edify the group’s self-esteem.
  10. Be respectful of time when making comments.