We seek to, embrace, and develop an organizational culture that values feedback at all levels, radical candor, brave space, transparent decision-making processes, inverted organizational structure, antiracist practice, trauma informed and organizational & individual humility.
We recognize the health disparities of people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women and LGBTQ people. We believe that the experiences of these communities must be valued in the work we do. We believe that by operating under the principles, values and frameworks below, we are well positioned to do just that.
We aspire to the below with the awareness that this is an ever unfolding process and we will not do it perfectly.
Transparent Decision Making
In organizations and businesses, decisions are getting made all the time. It is not uncommon for decisions that impact front line employees to be made by upper management without any input from those impacted. Those impacted are often not informed of how the decision is going to be made in the first place.
Decisions are typically made in one of the following three ways:
- The boss makes the decision
- Feedback about the decision is solicited and management makes the final decision
- The decision is made by the group as a whole
Different decisions will be made via different methods dependent on the stakes, impacted parties, and anticipated outcome. It is worth noting that the method employed is selected by leadership.
We are developing our practice of informing all impacted parties about how decisions are going to be made. We are establishing an internal catalogue of decisions available to all staff, which include how the decisions are made. Because decisions, big and small, are made everyday in an organization like Portland Mental Health & Wellness, inevitably we will stumble in our efforts to be fully transparent. When this happens we will make every effort to return to the process, understand how the ball was dropped and reassess for the future.
We are actively working to approach all our practices from a trauma-informed approach, which means that we are constantly striving to recognize the widespread impact of trauma and understand that trauma is inclusive of the lived experience of those with marginalized identities and their experiences navigating an existence filled with micro and macro-aggressions. Additionally, we are actively working to reduce and avoid re-traumatization.
Organizational & Individual Humility
We strive to embody and consistently practice what we ascribe to above. We do not strive for perfection. We will inevitably and inadvertently betray our intentions and values. When we do, it will be vital for us to notice, look back, listen, reflect, adjust, pivot and grow before moving forward.