Agenda and minutes
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Apologies for Absence
It was noted that apologies had been received from Councillors D Mortimer, Mrs Ring and Mrs Wilson.
Notification of Substitute Members
The following Substitute Members were noted:-
Councillor Cox for Councillor D Mortimer
Councillor English for Councillor Mrs Wilson
There were no urgent items.
Disclosures by Members and Officers
There were no disclosures by Members and Officers.
Disclosures of Lobbying
There were no disclosures of lobbying.
RESOLVED: That the items be taken in public as proposed.
RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 1 February 2017 be approved as a correct record and signed subject to the insertion of the following wording to Minute 28 – Report of the Head of Policy and Communications – Appointment to Sub-Committees as highlighted:-
The Group Leader of the Independents would be
appointed to the Sub-Committees where indicated for the remainder
of the municipal year 2016/17; and
· The following year 2017/18 the Group Leader of UKIP would be appointed.
RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the meeting held on 23 May 2017 be approved as a correct record and signed.
Presentation of Petitions
There were no petitions.
Questions and answer session for members of the public
There were no questions or statements from members of the public.
The Head of HR Shared Services presented a report on the Workforce Strategy Update.
Committee noted that the Policy and Resources Committee had
approved the Workforce Strategy at its meeting on 29 June 2016 and
had requested that the Employment Committee received a progress
update every six months.
The Committee was asked to note areas in the action plan attached as Appendix I to the report where good progress had been made:-
– Two programmes had been developed, one for
recognising stress (aimed at Line Managers) and another for staff
to recognise and manage their stress and reduce the organisational
causes of stress. It was noted that
good feedback had been received from staff as to the usefulness of
Strive – The feedback on Strive was good from staff who felt it was well
embedded in the Council’s values.
Overall staff felt the organisation was well organised and well
· Market Supplements – This initiative had worked well and was used in areas that were traditionally been hard to recruit to.
noted that the action plan would be revised to reflect the feedback
received from the IiP
Head of HR Shared Services also advised that the following areas
· Encourage staff to feel their voice is heard
· The definition of a Manager and what the Council expects
· Succession Planning
· Leadership Programme
· Officer/Member Relationships
In response to questions from Members, the Head of HR Shared Service advised that:-
Apprenticeships – The drop off was due to the apprenticeship scheme being
very competitive and the Council did not fare well as it did not
pay very well. Therefore a review of
this would be taking place.
– the development framework would be the first
step in ensuring that there is succession planning in
– this was updated regularly. New starters were given a hard copy along with the
depot staff who did not have access to a
Rewards Package – the Rewards Package was very competitive but Managers
need to be made aware of all the rewards that can be given to
staff. There was also a Health and
Wellbeing Programme for staff to access.
The 360° Feedback Process
- assessment was carefully administered and if there
were any areas where there were red flags, those were brought to
the Council’s attention by the consultants.
Investors in People
- Staff time spent on meeting with the IiP Assessor was not factored into the overall
costings and would be difficult to calculate. However, it could be estimated at no more than
£3,000 meaning that the total cost with the assessor’s
time was less than £20,000.
The IiP Accreditation had ... view the full minutes text for item 18.
Duration of Meeting
11.30 a.m. to 1.05 p.m.