Can you confidently say that all Māori workers you have on staff have a strong sense of resilience and courage?
No, I cannot.
Within your policy you need to outline ways in which your business plans to promote and teach courage and resilience to your staff. You need to think about including the following aspects of Mana Tū:
- It is important that all management have and set high expectations on all staff, no matter who they are or what position they are in. It is imperative that all staff know that management truly believe that they can succeed in their mahi (work)
- You should look to adopt a set of values or competencies within your policy that underpin everything you do as a business. Using competencies like ‘manaakitanga’ (care and respect), ‘whanaungatanga’ (relationships), rangatiratanga (leadership), ako (teaching and learning) and tangata whenuatanga (knowledge of place). You could even use these themes!
- Have an appraisal system in your business that is non confronting and works alongside your workers in order to achieve success, allow your Māori staff to include Māori values and tikanga in this process
- You need to ensure that your environment promotes physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing e.g. access to a gym (physical), guidance counsellors (emotional), and mindfulness training (spiritual)
- The members on the leadership team need to be seen as role models and people that staff will feel comfortable to approach. Guides or mentors are much better names than bosses or management.