Speak up

Using our voices will be essential to successfully navigate this challenging time. Each of us shares the responsibility of contributing to our work environment in a way that is friendly, supportive, and team-oriented.

Speak up to your colleagues

At a time when our jobs and our personal lives may feel more demanding, amplifying the positive will be invaluable. Take the time to thank a co-worker for a job well done. Offer to lend a hand. Send your colleagues an email or chat message to let them know you are thinking about them, even if you are not sharing the office (or waiting in line for the microwave). Look for the good stuff and draw attention to it! It would be easy to isolate ourselves emotionally and intellectually in our new mask-wearing, physically distanced, and remote-working world, but this path will exaggerate differences in opinion and foster interpersonal difficulties. Instead, address conflicts early on with respect and care. 

Speak up to head-off potential problems

Many people across the University and at Notre Dame Research have worked tirelessly to handle for the challenges of reopening campus during the pandemic. With so many variables at play, there may be issues that arise that no one anticipated. Use your voice to express concern if you see a potential problem brewing; if you feel unsafe; or if you think a change in safety guidelines is needed. We encourage you to speak first with your supervisor. NDR’s Human Resources Consultant, Kim Patton is available for HR-related concerns. For urgent and critical concerns that could impact safety and well-being, please contact Vice President for Research, Bob Bernhard

To make an anonymous report, please use the Notre Dame Integrity Line. To report a concern specific to the Lab/Studio Reopening, please use this form, which can be submitted anonymously.

Additional Resources


If you have questions or ideas for additional resources in this playbook, please contact the Director of Finance and Administration