Students Staff
University of Essex

December 15, 2016

New disciplinary procedure: a fair and consistent approach

The University has launched a new disciplinary procedure.  This is part of our commitment in the People Supporting Strategy to justice in the workplace, including the right to a fair hearing.

High standards of professional behaviour and conduct are essential for the maintenance of a good working environment and the delivery of the University’s strategic plan.  The aim of the disciplinary procedure is to help and encourage required standards of behaviour, conduct and attendance.

The emphasis of the procedure is on tackling issues as they arise and dealing with matters informally without recourse to formal procedures.  If this has not been possible, then the procedure provides a fair and consistent approach – the individual has the right to see the case against them and to have a hearing where they are able to put forward a response.

The new procedure covers all University staff, supplementing the provisions of Ordinance 41.  The procedure sets timings at each stage to encourage a prompt resolution, to the benefit of all involved.

Link HR teams can provide more advice and support on the procedure.



December 8, 2016

Grievance Procedure

The University has launched a new grievance procedure.  This is part of our commitment in the People Supporting Strategy to justice in the workplace, ensuring that our staff have access to proper processes to address concerns which includes the right to a fair hearing.
 
Our new procedure emphasises informal and prompt action wherever possible.  Dealing with issues as soon as they arise and having an honest discussion can help resolve things quickly and protect relationships.   However, if this has not been possible, then it is important that we have an accessible and fair formal process.  
 
The new procedure covers all University staff.  The provisions supplement those of Ordinance 41 and provides more opportunities for employees to have a grievance heard and potentially resolved.  
 
Flowcharts are provided so that all parties are clear about what should happen next, with detailed information about who can take decisions at each stage and what needs to be provided and when.
 
Link HR teams can provide more advice and support on the procedure.


July 22, 2016

University Expenses

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Currently, the University handles approximately 7,300 paper claims per year, which amounts to £1.3 million of reimbursements being made to staff members. The current process is manual; from the completion of the claim form, to the input into the payment system.

What is changing?

The University is moving to an online system utilising our current HR and Payroll system, iTrent, to make our processes more efficient and reduce paperwork. It will also allow us to collect information in one place, enabling us to identify issues and take remedial action. Claims will be able to be made directly on HR Organiser, and workflow utilised to move information from claim to approval to payment.

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May 19, 2016

Booking Annual Leave in HR Organiser

What is HR Organiser?

HR Organiser is an online self-service system that gives employees easy access to view and amend their employment information via a dedicated and secure web portal.

You can already access your payslips and book training and development. Over the coming months, annual leave, sickness absence recording, expenses and HR records will continue to move onto the new system.

The University is moving to an online system to make our processes more efficient, reducing paperwork and saving you time and effort. It will also allow us to collect information in one place, enabling us to spot problems and take action.

Most areas of Professional Services have already gone live with booking annual leave – for all staff within Faculties, annual leave went live on 18th April.

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March 22, 2016

Our new Special Leave policy and HR Organiser

Special Leave Policy

Special Leave Policy

We have been working to make improvements to our guidance on taking leave from work to deal with personal issues and events, or in performing voluntary public service. This is part of our commitment to the People Supporting Strategy to create a clear framework of employment policies and to recognise the importance of work-life balance.

What has changed?

The Special Leave policy brings together a number of existing provisions into one place, for example compassionate leave, fertility leave, and time off for public duties. The guidance has been updated to make it easier for you to find the information you need more quickly.

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February 15, 2016

You’re hired!

People Supporting Strategy

People Supporting Strategy

From 11th July, we will be moving to a new e-recruitment system, which will improve the process for recruiting managers. Effective recruitment is an important way of building our capacity and capability to achieve the aims of our Strategic Plan.

This work, together with new guidance and training, will help us deliver the commitments outlined in our People Supporting Strategy.

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January 20, 2016

Managing sickness absence in HR Organiser

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People Supporting Strategy

People Supporting Strategy

What will it mean for me?

If you are absent from work due to illness, you will report your sickness as you do now, in line with the University policy. A period of sickness will be opened in People Manager, and you will receive an email to your work address confirming this. On your return to work, you will log onto HR Organiser and close the period of sickness, confirming that you are back at work.

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January 19, 2016

More to discover in HR Organiser coming soon….

Working better together

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People Supporting Strategy

The People Supporting Strategy is the blueprint around which we will build improvements to our processes and the way we do things at the University. One of the first ways our HR team aims to make these improvements is through better use of the HR Organiser system.

Why are we moving to an online system?

HR Organiser provides the University with a secure integrated system where everyone has access to and ownership of their own data and that data is dealt with consistently across the board. It will reduce the need for entering HR data in multiple places and reduce paperwork, giving all of us access to the information we need to do our jobs.

There are five areas of work, all of which will be rolled out over the next academic year: (more…)