Promoting a respectful working environment: Sept. 24 workshop

Tom Sebok

Nearly everyone would say they want a “respectful” working environment. But what does that look like? And what does it take to develop and/or maintain such an environment?

In this interactive three-hour workshop participants will examine the roots, behaviors, and benefits of a respectful working environment. They will experience key aspects of a process designed to help groups identify respectful workplace norms for communication – especially when engaged in conflict. And, they will view and discuss a video presentation about one of the biggest communication challenges: giving and receiving criticism in the workplace.

Instructor Tom Sebok has been an Ombuds at the University of Colorado Boulder since 1990 and Director of the Ombuds Office since 1992. He serves as associate editor for the Journal of the International Ombudsman Association and is a former officer on the Board of Directors of the International Ombudsman Association (IOA). He is an instructor for the IOA Professional Development course, Foundations of Organizational Ombudsman Practice. He chaired an IOA Task Force which developed a system to classify the issues with which all organizational Ombuds assist constituents. Tom is the author of numerous publications on Ombuds practice, mediation, workplace bullying, and restorative justice and he has presented on those topics at national and international conferences and webinars. He helped create the first restorative justice program in the U.S. in higher education and holds a master’s degree from the University of Delaware.

Date: Sept. 24, 2013
Time: ​1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Venue: Administrative Research Center building (ARCE), East Campus, Room 346

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