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Guiding Principles

Our role as a university isn’t much different from our role as an employer. As an educational institution, we inspire lives of leadership and purpose in our student community. As an employer, we seek, foster and value the same qualities of leadership and purpose in our employee community.

Employee Perspective

Our employees tell us that they are here because they feel proud to be part of a unique and inclusive community. A community that supports one another, inspires continuous improvement and respects work/life balance, all while recognizing the importance of a challenging, yet rewarding work experience.

We’re All Part of Something Bigger

We aspire to be a diverse community, and it is this commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion that keeps the needs of our students and our employees at the heart of all that we do.

And when it comes down to the “purpose” that we value, Laurier employees know that by doing what they do each and every day, they are part of something much bigger: they are each helping to shape the future for our students. They are inspiring lives of leadership and purpose.

Employee Success Factors

Laurier emplo​yees lead ​by building a thriving community and anticipating the future. They are ​​​​​​​​​​collaborative​, inclusive​, innovative and accountable.

Our Employee ​Success Factors (ESF) provide a foundation for many aspects of the Laurier employee experience. Together, they refle​ct an important set of criteria again​st which we can evaluate and strive to improve ourselves thereby continuously strengthening our organization. It all begins with us as individuals.​


  • Develop mutually-beneficial relationships and partnerships.
  • Work effectively within a multi-campus community.
  • Integrate multiple perspectives into decision making.
  • Connect silos by communicating openly and sharing information.
  • Work effectively with others for team and organizational success.
  • Build relationships and community.


  • Actively contribute to an inclusive and healthy work environment.
  • Explore and challenge own assumptions and biases and commit to learning and un-learning.
  • Demonstrate awareness of and integrate Indigenous knowledges and practices.
  • Embed equity, diversity and inclusion into work practices.
  • Actively listen and seek to understand others’ perspectives and ideas.
  • Recognize the unique strengths and perspectives of individuals and actively provide space for contributions.
  • Identify systemic barriers that exist and action change.


  • Take informed risks, test new ideas, with focus on continuous improvement.
  • Learn from setbacks and try again when faced with obstacles.
  • Stay current with trends and leading practices to identify new opportunities.
  • Anticipate and implement change to meet future needs.
  • Advance and build professional skills and develop self.
  • Take initiative to find ways to be more efficient and effective.
  • Open and responsive to new ideas from others.


  • Take ownership for actions and decisions.
  • Follow through on commitments.
  • Align goals and priorities with departmental and institutional strategic plans.
  • Use data and evidence to inform decisions.
  • Address conflict and difficult situations early and productively.
  • Hold self and others accountable.
  • Reflect on how own behaviour and actions are perceived by and impact the well-being of others.
  • Build trust through transparent decision making.