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Vanderbilt has long taken pride for fostering a culture of respect and acceptance where diversity and inclusion are celebrated. The C.A.R.E. Committee (Civility, Appreciation and Respectful Environments) is a grassroots effort empowering each of us, as Vanderbilt faculty and staff, to encourage civilized behaviors in our own work environments. It is sponsored by the University Staff Council, the Medical Center Staff Advisory Council, the Faculty Senate and Human Resources (VU and VUMC).

The kind act of listening to others, an offer of help, or an encouraging word can be the bright spot in one's day. When a workplace has a foundation in civility, kind words and kind acts, it leaves little room for bullying and harassment.

Sometimes, it's too difficult to suppress the struggles we are experiencing in our personal lives while we are working. Recently, I was having a particularly difficult day and it must have been written all over my face. A co-worker took notice and asked me if I wanted to take a little walk outside for a few minutes. We stepped out the door and it was like the floodgates opened. Every bit of anxiety that I was suppressing exploded. Although we had only been acquaintances in the past, I felt compelled to tell her everything that I was going through. She quietly listened. When I was through, she asked me to take a deep breath and slowly let it out. She said that when things are getting the best of her, she steps outside and 'releases' the anxiety. It only takes a few minutes but the results are tremendous. I was so grateful that she took the time to show me this small but effective technique. Her kindness was so genuine and it was a wonderful start to what I hope will be a long friendship.

Read more C.A.R.E. stories

Submit a Story

The C.A.R.E. Committee is collecting your stories of a time when you witnessed or received an expression of kindness involving a co-worker at Vanderbilt to post to our website.

Please submit your example here .

Resources

Workplace Civility: Show Kindness (Spring, 2018) Resource List:

Workplace Civility: Respect Our Differences (April 6, 2017) Resource List:

Workplace Civility: Think Before You Speak Event (November 17, 2015) Resource List:

Workplace Civility: Building Trust Event (March 25, 2015) Resource List:

Health Plus Wellcast (June 13, 2014)

Workplace Civility Kick Off Event (March 25, 2014) Resource List:

Other Resources:

Workplace Civility Workshop

  • Facilitated by HR's Organizational Effectiveness Team

Vanderbilt Health & Wellness Resilience Toolkit

  •  Resources to encourage healthy attitude, skill sets, and lifestyle

Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services

  • They offer interactive programs that address equal opportunity and affirmative action, sexual harassment, diversity, cross-cultural communication, and employing persons with disabilities.

Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy (CPPA)

  • 615-343-4500

Vanderbilt Police Training Programs

  • 615-322-2558

WorkLife Connections/Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

  • 615-936-1327

Nurse Wellness Program

  • 615-936-1327

Suggested Readings

Choosing Civility by P.M. Forni

The Civility Solutions by P.M. Forni

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

The Assertive Advantage: A Guide to Healthy, Positive Communication by Sharon Anthony Bower

Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Josephy Grenny, Ron McMillan & Al Switzler

Difficulty Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Hen, & Roger Fisher