Cultural Practices Embedded in the Core Values
To transform the above eight values and beliefs into behaviors, the following 20 cultural practices are spelled out to bring about a work culture of excellence and innovation among faculty, staff, officers, and students.
Employees must perform and discharge their duties with the utmost degree of excellence, intelligence, and skill. They shall also endeavor to perform their duties with the highest devotion and dedication.
2. Commitment to the Standards and Principles of the University
Employees shall commit themselves to the Christian way of life and values, maintain the principle of integration of faith and learning, and manifest by deeds the teachings of the church. They shall at all times uphold the rules and regulations of the University and the values of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
3. Friendliness and a Caring Attitude
A service-oriented, caring, respectful and nurturing attitude towards colleagues, students, parents and guests should be manifested.
4. Time Consciousness, Productivity, Excellence, and Quality
This culture aims at getting things done with speed, accuracy and quality even in the absence of superiors; as largely motivated by a passion for excellence.
One of the primary responsibilities of the school is the safety and the security of its employees, students, and guests. The role of employees in maintaining and observing safety measures is of paramount importance. They must follow all safety procedures that are outlined in the personnel handbook and those procedures that are brought to their attention by their department heads, immediate supervisors, and/or the university administration.
6. Open Communication and Documentation
The university values the contributions of all employees and strives to provide an environment where those contributions can be acknowledged. To that end, regular and open communication between employees and supervisors is required to provide the necessary information and tools to ensure that each employee has the opportunity to succeed in the job. Any subject of importance must be appropriately put in writing for record purposes.
7. Official Medium of Communication
AUP being an international community expects all its officers, faculty, staff, and students to use English as medium of communication during work and business interactions, especially when dealing with guests, visitors, and parents. Even aides and maintenance staff are expected to speak proper English. The use of “Tagalog/English” (taglish) is discouraged. All teachers should also ensure that students use English as medium of communication inside the campus and in all classes except in Filipino and in other foreign language classes.
8. Positive Physical Appearance
An employee’s personal appearance reflects and contributes to the image of the university. Employees should always come to work in attire befitting employees of a highly respected academic institution. Their manner of dressing and personal appearance should project neatness, modesty, and appropriateness.
9. Independence and Self-Reliance
Employees should do their tasks, projects, and assignments and take care of their things by themselves with minimal assistance and supervision from their superiors.
10. Positive Academic Atmosphere
The AUP community should strive to achieve and maintain a positive academic environment in the campus any time of the day. Employees should demonstrate high levels of intellectual interchange.
Such environment must foster development in its employees of those disciplined habits of the mind and body that characterize the educated, skilled, and free human beings.
When employees bring themselves to work and fully engage in their service or function, they contribute to the greater good and sustainability of the university. Efficient work habits allow them to control their work, rather than their work controlling them. Thus, it is imperative that this culture of efficiency be upheld, thereby producing quality and timely output.
Emphasis on innovation improves systems and methods to facilitate completion of an assigned task resulting to a higher level and better quality of productivity. This also is the ability to initiate projects that will bring about better results and the tenacity to conduct action researches as basis for analysis, problem solving, and action planning.
13. Integrity and Honesty
This cultural norm focuses on trustworthiness and upholding high ethical standards; other focal points are: observing propriety, upholding the dignity of the profession and one’s position, and possessing credibility.
Every employee in this university should have a superior sense of doing what is right; the character of being in accord with the principles or standards of right conduct should be evident in his/her life.
15. Active Participation in SDA Church Activities
This cultural practice is also a privilege, which offers an individual the chance to willingly, voluntarily, and actively participate in any of the church-related activities; such participation being a gesture of happiness; a pleasure in recognition of the blessings received as member of the SDA church.
16. Active participation in Community Action Groups
Employees are encouraged to manifest theirconcerns toward the communities around AUP that call for help, to be aware of their needs and to respond through community action teams or groups.
17. Hygienic Consciousness and Responsibility
Cleanliness is most basic for an organization to be effective; it contributes to efficiency and institutional productivity. Segregating recyclable materials and unnecessary items and properly disposing them, maintaining high standards of housekeeping, arranging necessary items in good order, cleaning the workplace before and after work and doing things spontaneously without being told or ordered to do so—these things show self-discipline.
18. Research Works and Professional Journal Publications
The university recognizes and affirms the importance of the research enterprise to the development of the same. Researchers are responsible for maintaining the highest ethical standards in the conduct of research projects that are useful to the present and the future generation.
19. Organizational Teamwork
Employees must foster teamwork to create a work culture that values collaboration. Teamwork is a management and leadership philosophy on how employees are enabled to contribute to the continuous improvement and to the ongoing success of the University.
20. Total Commitment to God
Total commitment to God is demonstrated in one’s life where Christian piety, devotion and grace are exemplified. It involves the use of one’s spiritual gifts in the service of God, the university, the Adventist church and humanity.