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AU Culture and Well-being

Inspiration to working with your working environment

The AU culture and well-being initiative supports the Staff policy for Aarhus University – especially the ‘norms for daily working life', and can be used in connection with your own efforts to promote well-being. If we conduct ourselves in accordance with the norms, a common culture is created. The material on this page can, for example, be used to create:

  • A basis for a greater sense of social and professional community
  • Increased cohesion and balancing of expectations, both locally and across AU
  • Increased mutual respect and appreciation
  • Enhanced well-being
  • Minimised risk of loneliness and bullying

Inspiration for themes and initiatives

Click on the themes below to see suggestions for process tools which you can use in your work with your working environment.

Appreciation

Appreciation is to respect the other person’s version of reality, the other person’s perspective.

Being appreciative in your encounters with other people, you focus on intentions, resources, potential and opportunities on the assumption that everybody acts from a place of meaningful intention.

Read more on appreciation and find dialogue tools to work with this theme.

Better meetings

A dialogue tool which the unit can use to work with its meeting culture. The ‘Better meetings’ tool comes with two group exercises, bridging questions and the structured dialogue process tool.

Read more on better meetings and find dialogue tools to work with this theme.

Change

Change is inevitable, and from the point of view of maintaining a high level of well-being, it is important to maintain a constructive attitude in the face of change.

Among other things, this also means handling the many feelings that often arise in connection with change, rethinking and talking about your management tasks and your tasks as an employee etc.

Read more on change and find dialogue tools to work with this theme.

Good communication

The way in which we speak with and of each other is decisive to whether we feel valued, heard and respected.

These factors are crucial to our psychological well-being. Therefore, it certainly pays to work consciously with the unit’s internal communication.

Read more on communication and find dialogue tools to work with this theme.

 

 

Preventing conflict

Conflicts occur when people work together, because we experience things in more different ways than most of us think about on a daily basis. When conflicts take control, a lot of time and energy are wasted. Therefore, it is crucial to task performance, job satisfaction, well-being, to be an attractive place to work and to avoid notifications of illness that everybody in the workplace try to keep one step ahead of conflicts, so they do not occur. When disagreements occur, they should NOT be swept under the rug. They must be dealt with immediately and in an appropriate way. 

Read more on preventing conflict and find dialogue tools to work with this theme.

Cooperation

Good cooperation is the most powerful driver of success and performance. Furthermore, good cooperation also enhances well-being and job satisfaction. This has been documented by researchers in several studies. So, creating a good cooperative environment is key to organisations.

Read more on cooperation and find dialogue tools to work with this theme.

Trust

In some contexts, trust is a value. In this context, we have decided to also look at trust as a tool which can help improve cooperation or prevent conflict in the unit. One of the ways of working with trust in an organisational context is through working with trust, fairness and cooperation.

Read more on trust and find dialogue tools to work with this theme. 

AU's staff policy

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AU's norms for daily working life

The university and all its employees respect and support freedom of speech and freedom of research

The university and all its employees contribute to a cohesive, collaborative university

The university and all its employees contribute to creating openness, trust and timely communication at all levels

The university and all its employees demonstrate mutual respect and decency

The university and all its employees experience good management and good relations with colleagues in their daily work

The university and all its employees value diversity among colleagues

The university and all its employees respect the balance between work and private life

The university and all its employees prioritise personal and professional development

Contact

Questions regarding the process?

432981 / i40