By Heidi Schedler, Chair, National Human Resources Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Earlier this year the CSP board approved a new and updated mutual respect policy. WAIT! Please keep reading …
Listen, I get it – right now you are dreaming of snowy slopes and anxiously awaiting opening day. Respect is simple, right? Sure. Can we go skiing now?
Hold on. Before we proudly throw on those red jackets, let’s take a moment to talk about respect.
Respect means different things to different people, and context is key. In other words, I may say something to a close friend that I would never say to my boss. That doesn’t mean I am disingenuous or inauthentic. It just means that I am aware of who I am talking to and of the impact of what I say on me and the people around me. That, in its simplest form, is respect; respecting my boundaries, and those of the people within earshot of me.
I won’t lie – there are nuances and layers to respect that can be hard to navigate. That is where the mutual respect policy comes in. It is a tool for me, for you, for the CSP – to help us understand what is expected of us and to help us navigate those tricky situations. Please, take a moment to read the policy. If you have any questions or comments, you can raise them with your local zone leader or email me directly.