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Simple courtesy (5/23/2014)

The NDSU Extension Service supports the recent change to NDSU Policy 151.2, which now reads:  

Officers and employees are expected to uphold the values of honesty, respect, integrity and trust. In addition, when interacting with one another and the public, all are expected to behave in a professional, collegial, cordial, civil, positive, respectful and ethical manner.

The NDSU Extension Service believes that these expectations are how all Extension staff/faculty members should approach their position no matter the role a person serves. In anticipation of this NDSU policy change, district directors began including the following behavioral expectations in offer letters to new Extension agents in the fall of 2013:

  • Work ethically, with integrity, and respect confidentiality.
  • Contribute to an environment of cooperative, supportive and positive working relationships with co-workers and clientele.
  • Promote a healthy work environment and support everyone’s efforts to succeed.
  • Resolve differences constructively. Use tact and courtesy at all times.
  • Use effective time management. Be prompt in attendance for work and meetings, and be fully engaged.
  • Exhibit a positive attitude, image and personal motivation. Be a professional at all times.

We should all strive to meet these expectations with our colleagues and clientele, not only for the success of our Extension organization, but for our own personal integrity. 

Chris Boerboom, Extension Director

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