WHAT IS WORKPLACE CULTURE?
- Burn Notice: Burnout, Boundaries, and Wellness by Andre Koen. A comprehensive guide to workplace culture in the theatre, from burnout to harassment, from resilience to building culture of respect.
- Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch by Shawn Parr for Fast Company. A quick read on the difference between strategy and culture, and why a strategy implemented without a supporting culture is doomed.
- What Artists Say by the McKnight Foundation. A May 2013 report to gauge the ecology of Minnesota culture and the health of the individual artists within it, featuring some very inspirational quotes.
HEALTHY WORKPLACE CULTURE
- Social Identity & Location Activity from Art Equity. A DIY worksheet to help you map your own, your team’s, and your organization’s privilege and power. Pairs nicely with…
- Challenge Locator: A DIY worksheet to help you honestly assess your own, your team’s, and your organization’s greatest challenges. You may notice they tend to trend in columns or rows. Use this sheet to direct where you need to focus your resources to shift your culture into a healthier direction.
- For a very thorough collection of tools and sample resources, check out the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging Sample Culture Packet.
- Things You Can Do Right Now! compiled for PAHRTS. An extensive list of things (some immediate, some more extensive) to improve the health and diversity of your workplace.
- Fair Play Minnesota Claiming equitable space for all women-trans-femme improvisers. An outside link for a great resource on how to promote a progressive and healthy workplace culture.
- Rankism is a Campus Climate Issue by Teddie Potter for the University of Minnesota’s Campus Climate blog. Perhaps one of the more insidious ways culture manifests is in class stratification. Prompted by a run-in with a maintenance worker who had been rebuffed by students for sharing an elevator, Teddie Potter points out how rankism impacts the culture of the entire U of M campus.
- 10 Agreements for a Happy and Well Functioning Team (aka how to not suck as a coworker) by Vu Lee for Nonprofit AF. Some rules of the coworking game that could be implemented in nearly any work setting.
- 10 Counterproductive Behaviors of Social Justice Educators by Cody Charles for The Body is Not an Apology. While we may not all be Social Justice Educators (or warriors, SJW, as twitter calls them), this list contains excellent reminders for positioning yourself in social justice work, and many could be adopted as workplace values.
- Building Healthy Workplace Culture from the HR Council of Canada. Includes a bunch of resources and thoughts to consider for creating a culture where individual employees can be their whole selves without compromising the work.
- The Good Work Code is a website devoted to the eight principles these companies have identified as foundational for good work. They are: safety, stability & flexibility, transparency, shared prosperity, a livable wage, inclusion & input, support & connection, and growth & development.
- Beware the Rule-Following Coworker by Ariana Eunjung Cha for The Washington Post. A Harvard study explores the “continuum of toxic workers” and found the most toxic are overproductive, overconfident, rules-mongers who regard themselves highly. Thinking about the workplace culture that allows these characteristics to thrive may help you avoid the toxicity.
- Self Care: An Interactive Game: A responsive flowchart website for people who struggle with self care, executive dysfunction, and/or who have trouble reading internal signals. Each decision is very easy and doesn’t require much judgment.
- Self Care in a Military Lifestyle by Tara Yarte for Military Musters. Your theatre company may not be a branch of the military, but you’d be surprised how similar the industries are: high intensity situations, hurry up and wait, high pressure for excellent results, etc.
- Mindfulness Exercises from Living Well. Definitions of and exercises for practicing mindfulness.
- 6 Mindfulness Exercises You Can Do Today from Pocket Mindfulness.
- 25 Science-Backed Ways to Change Your Life by Taking Better Care of Yourself by Alexandra Duron for Greatist. From simple everyday activities (eating vegetables) to longer term plans (like taking a vacation), something on this list may help you take better care of your health.
PRACTICAL WORKPLACE CULTURE TOOLS
- Template: Policy for Respect in the Workplace: A simple and adaptable policy for respect in the workplace for use by arts organizations of any budget and size.
- Template: Documenting Workplace Issues: A simple form for documenting any issues in the workplace (rehearsal room, admin office, front of house, etc.) for ongoing record keeping and/or future action.
- Viewpoint: 5 Ways to Strengthen Your Anti-Harassment Complaint Procedure by Jonathan A. Segal from Society for Human Resource Management. As employers revisit their anti-harassment policies, they also should finetune their complaint procedures. Without a robust complaint procedure that employees trust, an anti-harassment policy is not worth the paper on which it is written.