In the beginning of October, Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK published a new Code of Conduct for TEK's events. In the big picture, the new Code of Conduct is part of the ethical guidelines, or the Code of Conduct for the entire organization. The Code of Conduct for events outlines the behaviours that are expected and the ones that are unacceptable at events organized by TEK. The Code of Conduct for TEK's events is an adapted version of the Citizen Code of Conduct.
Jussi-Pekka Teini, why do we have a separate Code of Conduct for TEK's events?
We organize many coaching events that need to build a strong atmosphere of trust, such as Nuorten osaajien forum and Maailmanparannusforum, and this Code of Conduct allows us to better foster the experience of psychological safety. In addition, we obviously want all our other events to also be safe and positive experiences for all our members and stakeholders.
Do adults really need explicit rules to understand how to behave?
TEK members are, for the most part, a very sensible and well-behaved lot. However, you can find all sorts of people in a big community like this.
Making our unwritten rules more explicit improves the safety of both the event organizers and the participants. Organizers have something to fall back on if they need to interfere with inappropriate behaviour, and participants know what to do if they see or experience such behaviour. Us Finns, and Finnish engineers in particular, love processes, and this Code of Conduct is a description of our process.