What is a respectful learning and work environment? In 2012, Virginia Mason asked their employees how they respect one another in the workplace. Here’s their “Top 10” list of ways to show respect:

  1. Listen to understand.
  2. Keep your promises.
  3. Be encouraging.
  4. Connect with others.
  5. Express gratitude.
  6. Share information.
  7. Speak up.
  8. Walk in their shoes.
  9. Grow and develop.
  10. Be a team player.

“Their research showed that culture of respect also recognizes that everyone in the organization plays a meaningful role. All members of the team are valued and have important contributions to make. Respect is given to everyone, regardless of their position on the organizational chart. For example, when a physician holds the door for a hospital cleaner, this simple act boosts self-worth and appreciation. The same effect is seen with a thank-you letter from a peer or supervisor for a job well done.”
[Source: Why Health Care Needs a Culture of Respect]


The study of genetics has given us a whole new understanding of ourselves and why we are who we are.

Did you know that 99% of human DNA is the same?

If we have so much in common genetically, how we respond to our differences is our choice. Let’s #RespectTheDifference.

Together, we can create a culture of diversity, inclusion, respect, social accountability and wellness. Let’s nurture kindness and #RespectTheDifference.

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Will Morin
Anishinaabe Artist, Educator, Knowledge Carrier