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Culture and the Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct is based on our culture  and values. In a municipality, a Code of Conduct is developed to preserve public trust and confidence, and to be a guide for public servants to follow.

The City’s Code of Conduct lays out expectations of behaviour. It ties responsible behaviour to individual and organizational success and it helps us present ourselves as positive ambassadors for The City.  We all have an individual responsibility, and collectively we are accountable.

How do the 4 Cs fit with our Code?

Character is behaving the right way. It is our moral compass that determines how we navigate through each day in a wide variety of situations. It can be expressed as a set of virtues, values or traits.
Take a minute to reflect:

  1. What do you stand for? Do you hold yourself up to the highest ethical standards?
  2. What ethics you are prepared to live by?

Competence is doing the right things the right way. Competence includes the sound judgement and critical thinking that helps us make decisions and determine our actions when faced with ethical dilemmas.

 Take a minute to reflect:

  1. What would you do if faced with a situation that didn’t feel right?
  2. How would you feel about standing up for (or to) a co-worker?

Commitment represents our dedication to the greater public good. We need to behave in the right way to build and preserve public trust – it is part of our dedication to the public good that makes life better every day for citizens. It affects our reputation and brand.

Ask yourself,

  1. Are you committed to improving the quality of life of Calgarians by making things better every day? What behaviours are needed to do this?

Collaboration is working together for a common purpose. Collaboration determines how we work together to optimize performance and create value for the organization as a whole. Creating a collaborative and inclusive work environment requires that we maintain a healthy and respectful workplace – this is one critical aspect of our Code.

  1. What does respect mean to you?
  2. Are you working together with your co-workers to ensure you all have a common understanding of the outcomes you need to achieve for citizens – to make their lives better every day?

When we’re not sure if something we do might be at odds with our roles as public servants, we use the Code of Conduct as our guide.

Next: Code of Conduct Policies