Respect is one of the four values set out in the University's strategy. Below we've listed the eight key respect messages - simple actions you can take to help build the community you want to be a part of (scroll for more on each):
- Start With The Basics.
- Remember We Are All Different.
- Be Self-Aware.
- Develop Your Communication Skills.
- Respect In Your Workplace.
- Support Others.
- Don't Be A Bystander.
- Lead With Respect.
Start With The Basics
A simple 'hello' or acknowledgement goes a long way.
"It's nothing grand... Just respect everyone you meet and work with."
University of Warwick anonymous Pulse comment
Remember We Are All Different
Take time to learn about others and consider different perspectives; just because one person is right it doesn't mean the other person is wrong.
"In our work and in our living, we must recognise that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction."
Think about how you interact and come across to others.
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
Learn how to identify and counteract unconscious biases in the Unconscious Bias Moodle.
Develop Your Communication Skills
Do you really listen? Do you challenge in a respectful manner?
“Honesty and openness is always the foundation of insightful dialogue.”
Find in-person training and online resources on the self-development section of the Organisational Development website.
Respect In Your Workplace
Discuss what respect means in your local place of work/study. Which behaviours are acceptable?
“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”
There are a range of ED&I training sessions and resources on the ED&I section of the Organisational Development website.
Take time to connect with and support others across the community - you may be surprised by what you learn.
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?"
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Don't Be A Bystander
Intervene early, if you see something that does not seem right; don't let silence condone inappropriate behaviour.
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
Lead With Respect
Leaders play a key role in setting the tone; make sure your style is inclusive, collaborative and respectful.
"Your job gives you authority, your behaviour gives you respect."