Dallas Fort Work is going through some growing pains and we’re being forced to address issues of conduct, courtesy and mutual respect in an organized fashion.
When we had 15-20 members, it was easy to work things out through conversation or as they came up. Now at 70 members and growing, behavioral issues are commonplace enough that we feel we need a policy to outline expectations of behavior.
As a 24/7 space, we also have issues when staff is not present and for that reason alone, we feel a policy is required. There are other reasons too, such as the fact that staff isn’t in every context even when they are on the job or that as the community grows, expectations for behavior/conduct will diverge from any standard unless that standard is established.
So with that in mind, what are the important things to consider with such a policy? What behavior are worth calling out? Is it important to delineate consequences? Process for arriving at consequences?
Lastly, what do you call such a document and policy? We’ve been working with Coworking Buffalo’s Anti-Harassment Policy as a starting point since it seems to cover the basics of what we’re looking to address. http://coworkbuffalo.com/policy/
Despite liking the body of the document, we’re struggling with what to call it. We want to be clear that we actively oppose harassment, but I personally feel that terms like Anti-Harassment or Code of Conduct make me feel like a subject, whereas something like a Mutual Respect policy makes me feel like an equal.
Any thoughts or experiences on this subject would be most appreciated.