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Values and Operating Principles

Values

Competence

Competence refers to the knowledge, abilities, personal suitability and other qualities required to perform effectively in the workplace. Competence resides in individuals, working independently or as a member of a team, and in the organization as a whole. We:

  • commit to employing competent people
  • maintain and transmit “corporate memory” (i.e., knowledge, skills and experience developed over many years) as an essential part of organizational competence and renewal
  • invest in individual development and career planning to maintain the required competencies and to support personal and organizational growth

Respect

Mutual trust, recognition of accomplishments, self-esteem and regard for others are important elements of respectful working relationships. As a value that is earned and deserved, respect implies that we:

  • respect individual differences and different points of view
  • recognize individual and team contributions
  • respect the need to balance our work and personal lives
  • recognize the right of employees to union membership, representation and participation in union activities
  • respect and apply principles concerning official languages, employment equity, privacy, health and safety in the workplace, and protection from harassment and discrimination
  • foster an environment in which we participate in the organization’s activities and decisions
  • consult prior to taking decisions that directly affect other employees

Fairness

Fairness means that our activities and decisions are just, timely, impartial and objective. We:

  • ensure equitable treatment of employees both individually and collectively while respecting our diversity
  • apply equitable processes and our attitudes, acts, and decisions are well reasoned
  • communicate our practices and decisions openly and honestly
  • ensure that all staffing decisions and other human resource practices are free from political influence and other forms of patronage

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