Shared values set what behaviours and ways of working a team may adopt.
In this activity, your team will come up with:
- a team values statement
- a list of actions to demonstrate the values statement
Your values statement complements the 7 public sector values in the code of conduct.
TIME REQUIRED15 mins
TEAM SIZE2 or more
GOOD FORTeam culture
What you’ll need
If you’re together physically, you’ll need:
- a blank wall or board
- post-it notes
- sticky dots
If your team is working remotely, you’ll need to set up an online tool.
When you choose a tool, think if anyone in your team has accessibility needs and that they’ll be able to easily use it.
Some free tools you can use are:
But this is just a list of examples. There are a lot of tools.
Scheduling the session
Set up your meeting at a time where you’ll get the best results.
This means to think about the diverse needs of each of your team members.
Think of things like this:
- Do some people work better earlier or later in the day?
- Does anyone have kids or caring responsibilities that mean they need to start late or leave early?
- Is there a time to avoid due to other work commitments?
How to run it
Here’s a rough agenda for your workshop.
Acknowledge country (20 seconds)
Always acknowledge the traditional owners before you start.
It shows your respect for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
Set the scene (2 minutes)
Give your team some background on why a values statement is important.
A values statement:
- gives long-term direction, priorities and goals
- creates a shared sense of purpose and identity
- shows people what your team or organisation is about
Brainstorm ideas (5 minutes)
Ask each person to write down one value idea per post-it note.
There’s no limit to how many ideas everyone can write down.
Group ideas (5 minutes)
Go around to each person and ask them to start sticking their post-it notes to the shared workspace.
As each person puts their post-it notes on the wall, ask them to group similar values together.
Vote on ideas (5 minutes)
Tell each person they have 3 votes and agree on what visual mark you’ll all use to show their vote.
For example, you may ask everyone to draw a line on a post-it note to visualise 1 vote. Or, you may give them stickers to place on post-it notes.
Ask everyone to vote on what they think is the best value or group of values they see. They can use all 3 of their votes on one post-it note.
When everyone’s voted, see what ideas are the most popular.
If it doesn’t make anyone feel uncomfortable, ask everyone to discuss why they voted a certain way.
Refine into sentences (10 minutes)
As a group, agree on which values are the top voted ideas.
Take the chosen values and add sentences to elaborate on their meaning.
- We show consideration and are polite to one another.
- We celebrate each other’s strengths and differences.
- We prevent injuries and incidents in the workplace by calling out any risks.
- We do not make assumptions about people’s skills based on their background.
- We support and encourage one another’s knowledge, skills and backgrounds.
- We consider each other’s unique needs in everyday practice.
- We are transparent in our communications internally and externally.
After the activity
Collect the values and statements and write them up into a single page values statement.