The Restorative Difference
IIRP Canada and the Centre for Workplace Engagement (CWE) offer a practical framework to support workplaces to meet the CSA’s Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, a voluntary set of guidelines and resources focused on 1) promoting employees’ psychological health; 2) preventing psychological harm; and 3) resolving incidents and concerns when they arise.
The cornerstones of restorative practice in the workplace are:
Preventing Harm, Building Social Capital
- Leadership that establishes an overarching, explicit Relationship Framework with a common language and a consistent series of relationship-enhancing practices implemented across the workplace. The relationship framework focuses on high degrees of challenge and expectation in an environment of high support.
- Fair Practice: everyone is engaged and has a meaningful voice.
- Continuum of Practice: a range of identifiable practices from one-one conversations to formal restorative engagements dealing with significant harm.
Responding by Repairing Damaged Relationships and Building Stronger Workplace Communities
- Proven Circle Processes used when issues or incidents arise, such as bullying, as one expression of the larger explicit relationship practice framework. These processes, which workplaces themselves learn how to implement, allow everyone affected to have a voice, repair the relational harm done and move forward.
Restorative Practices offers much more than Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) or Mediation
While ADR generally focuses narrowly on a particular conflict and its resolution, restorative practice has a wider focus. When dealing with conflict, restorative practices seeks creative ways to repair harm and allow everyone to find a positive way forward, building better relationships and safer workplace communities along the way. Plus, restorative practices can be used within existing discipline and grievance systems.
Learn more about our Restorative Leadership Development: Authority with Grace professional development event.
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For more information about restorative practices in the workplace, call IIRP Canada at 905-797-2876 or email us today.