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Your Role: Shifting the Judgement Around Returning to School

As school begins again, families and educators are having to make challenging decisions about what is best for their family and circumstances. And these decisions have different consequences, including potential impacts on their mental and physical health. In this environment, we often look at what others are doing to help navigate or inform our choices. It can be natural for us to also make assumptions about people based on their decisions, as well as pass judgement on their choices and create stories about their motivations. 

Rather than allowing ourselves to pass judgement, try to challenge your thinking. Identify negative thought patterns and try to understand their choices or see a situation differently. By first focusing on harmful thought patterns and trying something different instead, we are then able to interact with others in ways that enhance rather than shut down conversation. 

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When conflict happens in the workplace or people experience inappropriate or difficult behavior at work, relationships are damaged and productivity often suffers.
Workplaces that embrace Restorative Practices have the potential to create a safer, happier and more effective workplace for everyone. Restorative Practices can be used within the workplace both as a preventative measure and to address conflict when it does arise, enabling teams and individuals to work well together.

Restorative Practices can be an effective way to resolve workplace conflict. It involves:
  • bringing together all those affected by conflict
  • providing a safe environment for the expression of perspective
  • allowing participants to come to a shared understanding
  • identifying creative ways to deal with conflict
  • providing opportunities to rebuild damaged relationships and strengthen teams 

Restorative approaches can also be used proactively within the workplace to build strong, positive relationships. Staff meetings, for example, can be focused on building relationships and based around a foundation of mutual respect.
To discuss opportunities to bring this training to your workplace or to customize this training to your organizations needs, please contact Jessica Sherwood at Jessica.Sherwood@conflictcenter.org or call 303.865.5624.