The Basic Principles for the University of Waterloo workplace outline the University’s philosophy on maintaining a constructive workplace through open and clear communication.  

Organizations today require a workplace where everyone is willing and able to work together in   new and collaborative ways. Collaboration positively impacts productivity, quality, customer expectations, and overall organizational performance.  This unit shows how The Basic Principles create a climate where everyone is able to cooperate, share ideas, and work together for a common purpose.  The Basic Principles provide a set of behaviours for putting an organization’s shared values into practice to develop a strong network of relationships at every level of the organization.

The ​Basic Principles for the University of Waterloo workplace

  1. Focus on the situation, issue, or behaviour, not the person.

  2. Maintain the self-confidence and self-esteem of others.

  3. Maintain constructive relationships.

  4. Take initiative to make things better

  5. Lead by example.

  6. Think beyond the moment.

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