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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.


August 15, 2016

Sign up for a mindfulness course

Filed under: Advice & Support,Developing Excellence — Tags: , , , , , , — Seryan Mustafa @ 5:23 pm

Workplace Health and Wellbeing are offering our staff the chance to attend an 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction course at our Colchester Campus. With increasing pressure both in our professional and personal lives, this course will equip you with improved skills to manage modern day lifestyles and encourage mindfulness practice.

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July 20, 2016

Organisation Structure

Filed under: Developing Excellence,People Management — Tags: , , , , , — Seryan Mustafa @ 10:13 am

What is ‘organisation structure’?

The organisation structure is the backbone of our University. It gives details of the departments and jobs in which people work, and their relationship to each other.

A clearly mapped structure allows the University to highlight vacant positions and those to which we are recruiting; this helps us to understand how changing certain jobs can impact other people and their jobs. It also enables the University to estimate financial staffing costs both now and in the future.

A clear and well planned organisation structure helps us create a robust plan for a successful future.

 

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April 12, 2016

You said, we listened update

Filed under: Advice & Support,Networking & Collaboration — Tags: , , , — Karen Bush @ 9:15 am

The Staff Survey question of the month in December and January asked for any recommendations from you – and we received over 100 ideas! We wanted to share with you some of the work we have been doing as a result of your comments and suggestions.

We have updates covering:WE ARE ESSEX

  • Improving communication during change
  • Escape from your desk
  • Getting the work-life balance right
  • Improve your IT efficiency
  • Food outlets across campus
  • Syncing calendars with teaching hours and HR Organiser
  • Toilets at Colchester campus
  • Chairing meetings course

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April 6, 2016

Mindfulness Course

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Do you want to become mindful rather than having a full mind?

Workplace Health and Wellbeing are offering staff the chance to attend an 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course on the Colchester campus. With increasing pressure both in our professional and personal lives, this course aims to equip individuals with improved skills to manage modern day lifestyles and encourage mindfulness practice.

What is ‘Mindfulness’?

Mindfulness is based around maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, body and surrounding environment. It can be expected that following the 8 week course there may be:

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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

Filed under: Advice & Support,People Management — Tags: , , , — Seryan Mustafa @ 4:30 pm
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…)



December 1, 2015

Building confidence and trust in our managers

Filed under: People Management — Tags: , , , , , — Paul Smart @ 9:38 am

Have you answered the latest question of the month?

October’s QOTM results

In October 2015 we asked whether your line manager inspired confidence and trust. We received over 190 responses and the highlights were:

  • Overall 57.9% of the responses voted ‘yes’ their line manager inspires confidence and trust.
  • In the Faculty of Science & Health, 75% of the votes were ‘yes’, followed by the Faculty of Social Sciences with 69.2% ‘yes’ votes and Professional Services staff voting 56.1% positively.
  • The Faculty of Humanities, Professional Services staff within a faculty/department and Campus Services all received 50% or lower ‘yes’ voters.

Feedback from the free text comments will be factored into an ongoing review of manager training and development opportunities at the University. This is a core element of the People Supporting Strategy which seeks to clarify the roles and responsibilities of those who are in leadership and management positions and establish a talent development programme for all members of the University.

Training currently available

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November 12, 2015

Essex Women’s Network launch event

Be a founding member, shape the group’s aims, change your working life…

Come to our first gathering of our new Essex Women’s Network. Don’t sit at your desk that day! Follow signs to soup, bread and bunting.

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When: Wednesday 25 November 2015, drop in anytime between 12pm and 2pm.

Where: Silberrad Student Centre Foyer

What is the Essex Women’s Network?

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