In most workplace cultures, we are expected to leave our personal lives at the door. Your work-life is your work-life, your home-life is your home-life, and the two don’t mix. Our Sanctuary commitment to Open Communication turns this cultural norm on its ear.
Our commitment to Open Communication encourages us to be open, honest, and transparent when communicating with others. Sanctuary teaches us that there is value in knowing where everyone is on an emotional level; it helps us to work together more efficiently as a team. We strive to create an environment of trust, so we can feel safe when sharing information that can be tough to share.
Community Meetings are a tool we use in our day-to-day interactions to gauge where everyone is with their feelings, their goals, and their supports.
In a Community Meeting we ask the questions, “How are you feeling?” “What is your goal?” and “Who can support you?”
• Community Meetings help us identify and verbalize our emotions
• They help us to be mindful of how others are feeling
• They cause us to reflect on and progress towards our goals
• Finally, they help to remind us that we are not alone