Working at Writers Theatre: Our Code of Conduct
In 2018, WT took steps to enhance our workplace policies to ensure that everyone at WT is valued, heard and respected. These efforts included implementing new policies and strategies, led by and including the participation of WT’s full staff, Board, legal counsel and consultants.
One aspect of our workplace enhancement was the creation of a Code of Conduct. Over a nine-month process, the full staff along with external Human Resource consultants went through an iterative process to capture in words, the best aspects of the WT culture and the expectations for all who work here. While the already existing WT Personnel Handbook affirms our policies against disrespectful and bullying behavior, harassment and misconduct, the Code of Conduct is a complement to the WT Personnel Handbook and provides guidelines on behaviors and processes for anyone participating in the work of our organization. The Code of Conduct was developed with the participation, input and approval of the full WT staff. It is a living document that will continue to be reviewed and refined.
In addition to the creation of our Code of Conduct, WT has continued to enhance our organization for staff and artists. These steps include, but are not limited to:
- Annual review of the WT Personnel Handbook which affirms our policies against disrespectful and bullying behavior, harassment and misconduct. Included in this work is reviewing and clarifying conflict resolution and other human resources policies and procedures and increasing the multiple pathways for conversations and support for staff and artists, based on each person's level of comfort and desire for anonymity.
- Providing its harassment and workplace conduct policies, including the names and contact information for the staff members responsible for receiving complaints of violations of these policies, to all artists on the first day of rehearsal for each production and posting these documents in public locations for future reference.
- Continuing to conduct on site annual training on harassment and workplace conduct by outside legal counsel which includes staff and artists. A video of training is also provided for viewing throughout the year.
- Engaging WT’s department head staff members in leadership and management training.
To read our Code of Conduct, please click here.
Writers Theatre is committed to providing a generous and equitable work environment and we make this commitment to all members of our WT family and expect anyone engaging with WT to support this commitment through their actions.