"Going Incognito"

November 13, 2013 10:56 AM

Creating a friendly productive workplace environment is essential to delivering quality city services. Working next to someone who is 'Going Incognito' is not pleasant for anyone; certainly responding in kind does make things better. This morning, I sent a letter the following letter to City Employees:

Dear City Employees:

Doing your part to develop and sustain a positive workplace culture is just as important to fulfilling the City of Madison Vision Statement as any other job task you may perform.  The negative impact and fallout from a workplace culture gone terribly wrong has never been more evident than what we are watching unfold in the NFL right now. Regardless of your position as it pertains to the Miami Dolphins and recent reports, I know we can all agree that a workplace culture that encourages or tolerates harassment, bullying, intimidation or abusive behavior would inhibit anyone from being fully involved in and passionate about the work that they perform.

We have been talking a lot about employee engagement and equity lately, and the Miami Dolphins "Locker Room Culture" provides a nice example of why this initiative is so important to me and so important to the City of Madison. As I stated in my recent blog, "Employee Engagement and Equity," the engagement and equity initiative is designed to create a culture where employees are fully involved in and passionate about their work. When your workplace culture is focused on employee engagement and equity, people working together truly care about one another and the mission of the organization. They do not engage in these types of behaviors, rather, when they witness them they stand up and speak out against them.

I would like you to know that I am speaking to every employee, regardless of your daily job tasks or classification within the City. I am hopeful that each of us will take this opportunity to reflect on our own role within the organization. Ask yourself:  Are you helping to build and support a culture where each individual has the opportunity to be fully involved and passionate about the work performed? Are you standing by and watching others engage in negative behaviors or are you standing up for your coworkers and for the City of Madison?  I am hopeful, that through the efforts of individual employees like you, the employee equity and engagement team, and other initiatives large and small, formal and informal, that every employee can say they work in an environment that allows them to reach their full potential.

So let's not go 'Incognito.' Let's all do our best, stand up, support and be proud of who we are and the work we do, and be ever striving to make the City of Madison not just a safe and healthy place to live, learn, work, and play, but also one of the best employers around.

Thank you,
Mayor Paul R. Soglin


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