Following up on my blog of a couple of weeks ago, we’re now into the final week of this year’s Survey and I write again to encourage any colleague who has not as yet done so to take the opportunity to share their views on working for the Council.
We need as full and rounded a picture as possible to inform the work we are going to undertake together in the coming months. Please do get involved.
Congratulations to the whole team at the North East Scotland Pension Fund on their recent success at the LGC (Local Government Chronicle) Investment Awards 2016.
The Fund won the Quality of Service Award with their submission to the judges concentrating in particular on enhancements they’ve implemented with regard to performance monitoring, system advancements and comprehensive communications.
Well done to all.
I’m delighted that we’ve lit Marischal College in support of the Dons ahead of their trip to Hampden for the League Cup Final.
Even our Celtic-supporting colleagues will appreciate that it’s only appropriate that the Council gets behind our home town team as they pursue more silverware.
As we’re now entering the final two weeks of this year’s Employee Opinion Survey I’d like to take the opportunity to add my personal request to those requests that you have been receiving in your own service to encourage everyone who hasn’t as yet completed the 2016 survey to please take 5-10 minutes out of your working day to share your opinion. Opinions from across the Council are vital to assist in shaping our workplace of the future.
It’s sometimes difficult to believe that two years has passed since the last Employee Opinion Survey – the volume of hard-work that’s taken place over that time is astonishing. The 2014 survey uptake was disappointingly low at 21% and that in itself told us a lot about how staff were feeling at the time.
Since then we’ve collectively worked hard to act on the feedback received and together we’ve made improving our culture one of our main priorities.
This year we’ve already surpassed the 21% mark so a big thank you to all who have already taken the opportunity to share your views. I do hope that everyone takes up the invitation.
The survey closes on 2nd December and is completely anonymous as its being carried out by an external company, BMG.
The final results will be available to all of us early in 2017.
Congratulations to Jenny Watson of Middleton Park School.
On Saturday evening she won the Teacher of the Year Award at Pride of Aberdeen 2016 A very worthy winner!
All staff and visitors to Council buildings will have the opportunity today to observe the two-minute silence at 11.00 am to mark Armistice Day.
In addition I will have the honour to accompany the Lord Provost and other elected members in representing the Council at the Remembrance Service to be held in the City on Sunday.
The Council is committed to ensuring that the people who work here do so in an environment which provides dignity and respect to everyone and is free from bullying and harassment.
During Anti-Bullying Week, running from November 14th to 18th colleagues from the HR team have scheduled a number of activities to provide information and resources to support our aims in this incredibly important area.
I am certain that we all share the desire to ensure that the Council provides a working environment where everyone feels respected, valued and understood.
The week will also provide an opportunity to raise funds for Stonewall and the Grampian Autistic Society at the drop-in sessions in Marischal College.
Further information on the programme can be found on the Zone: Anti-bullying
On Friday 18 November we’ll mark the end of the week with a ‘Wear Blue Day’, the official colour of Anti-Bullying Week. All staff who can are encouraged to wear blue to show support and Marischal College will also be lit blue that evening.