Since the introduction of the Guiding Principles it has been really encouraging to see fantastic examples being brought to life, many highlighted through my blog, of Individuals and teams across the Council who have taken the themes to heart and are using them every day as we go about serving the people and place.
I’m very conscious it’s a two-way street and we’re ensuring that these local examples of living the Guiding Principles are mirrored in the way we operate as an organisation. So today is a very important step.
As you will be aware, the old PR&D (Performance Review and Development) system is being replaced and this week brings the introduction of CR&D (Continuous Review and Development).
Behind the change in name is a radical shift in approach and one that has been designed in response to the engagement we had as the Guiding Principles were shaped.
Employees from many different parts of the organisation provided feedback that was very similar. The message coming through was that staff want to feel informed, trusted, recognised, supported and valued – to know where the organisation is going and to feel proud of the contribution to the city whilst being supported and encouraged in achieving individual and group objectives.
To me that is a really solid base to be working from and in building the new CR&D the aim is to meet those aims for colleagues.
The old reliance on annual review is replaced by a focus on continuous improvement. You should expect regular one to one opportunities to plan and discuss personal and professional development with your line manager, with ownership of your own objectives.
Providing clarity on every individual’s role within the organisation is an important part of CR&D, not to mention the emphasis on recognition and appreciation for our valued staff.
To support the move to the new way of working, an online portal is in place to allow objectives to be tracked and updated on a rolling basis.
My thanks go to Isla Newcombe and her team, including Kim Wong, for the hard work and care that sits behind this week’s launch. It has been a thorough, complex and very worthwhile piece of work that will stand the Council in good stead for years to come.
Any new system and approach will take time to bed in, but I thank you in advance for your support for CR&D. It’s another positive step on the journey we’re on together and promises to change the outlook for each and every employee.