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In February, we launched a month-long I Love My Job campaign to highlight the positive aspects of work and the response was so overwhelming that we decided to continue our efforts.

Each month, we highlight submissions on our social media pages and recognize the person who submits our favorite entry with some special treats to share with his or her co-workers.

Here are our favorite submissions from April and May. Keep 'em coming!

Stacy Freeborg-Junge from HealthFitness in Minneapolis, MN said an environment that promotes good health and work-life balance is key. Here's what she had to say...

I work in an environment that supports me to be physically active during work hours. We have treadmill workstations and I love using them. We also have an on-site gym, which I use frequently. I work full-time and have a young son. Fitting in exercise can be difficult, but my employer supports me to be healthy and active on company time.

Dallas Schmidt, a manager at Blick Art Materials in Edina, MN raved about a culture that respects individuality…

I have my degree in studio art, I'm an artist, and I love art supplies, and this is why I work at an art supply store. My co-workers are all very unique and bring a different balance of knowledge to the store. We are able to dress in our own unique ways (while still being professional). Our bosses are very easy to talk to, treat us with respect and want us to speak up when we have an idea to share. I am able to be me.

What do you love about your job? Making a difference, working with fantastic colleagues, feeling proud of the company you work for, having great benefits, something else? Let us know.


Does it seem the Golden Rule of respect has started to tarnish in your workplace? As a mid-level manager, I have noticed a surge in the number of employee conflicts or complaints that seem to have a theme of disrespect or a lack of regard for others at the core. Through conversations with other leaders, it doesn’t seem my agency is alone in this struggle.

I recently had the opportunity to learn about an organization that has developed a strategy to address this trend. Robley Rex Veterans Administration Medical Center, located in Louisville won the Kentucky Psychological Association’s 2011 State-Level Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award. One of the primary reasons they won the award was due to the programming they have put in place to address civility, respect and employee engagement.

The Robley Rex VA Medical Center has implemented a national initiative by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs called CREW. CREW stands for Civility, Respect and Engagement in the Workplace. By openly discussing and guiding employees in how they treat one another in daily interactions, the following changes have been reported by employees in their annual all-employee survey:


  • communication
  • teamwork
  • trust
  • respect
  • patient satisfaction
  • staff engagement

As well as decreased:

  • sick leave
  • EEO complaints

It seems addressing these issues in a structured format has had a huge impact in restoring civility, increasing respect and improving engagement for their organization. You can learn about CREW here and read more about civility at work in the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program's Good Company Newsletter.

Are you seeing similar kinds of challenges in your workplace? What strategies have you found to improve respect within your organization? Let’s return the shine to our Golden Rule!

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