Aberdeenshire Council

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk

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Practices The Kaizen approach to personal development is used to make real and sustainable improvements. Kaizen brings together the key people to find ways to make things better with the full support of management. The team meets for a five-day Kaizen blitz to find a new way forward. The council has also set up a training course that is open to all staff to develop teamwork and communication skills. The chief executive, directors and other senior managers recently held a series of open forums with council employees from across the organisation. Staff were encouraged to attend and put questions to the chief executive. The questions and answers were then made available on the council's intranet for employees who could not attend. Given the size of the geographical area that the council covers it is not always possible for directors of services to visit employees at their workplace as often as they would like. To overcome this the council has produced several DVDs and media clips with messages from directors to employees. These are distributed to the staff or published on the intranet. The council has set up a leadership development programme, called Chrysalis, for women. It includes leadership appraisal and one-to-one development feedback, action learning sets on live organisational issues, sessions on presentation and personal confidence and creative problem solving. A management development programme has also been introduced to enhance the skills and knowledge of managers at all levels of the council. The scheme aims to promote an integrated approach to the delivery of council services. The employee health programme was established to raise awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and to use the workplace to promote good health. Topics covered include health issues for women, healthy eating, men's health, smoking and stress, physical activity and alcohol and drugs. The message is spread through healthy-living days, health assessments, quarterly health topics with leaflets and posters, wage-slip reminders and team briefings. Pay and benefits All flexible working options are available to most employees. Benefits include subsi- dised sports facilities, healthcare plans and an employee assistance programme, all offered as part of a flexible benefits programme.

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My Company

79% of staff agreed

My work is an important part of my life

The council provide work placements for students in a variety of their services. These are arranged either directly with the students or with the placement office at the universities. Placements vary in length from 4-48 weeks and always focus on giving the student valuable workplace experience.

My Team

74% of staff agreed

People in my team go out of their way to help me

The council provide work placements for students in a variety of their services. These are arranged either directly with the students or with the placement office at the universities. Placements vary in length from 4-48 weeks and always focus on giving the student valuable workplace experience.

My Manager

71% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

Aberdeenshire have developed a culture of recognising and rewarding employees through regular team briefs, where employees' efforts will be recognised by their line manager or supervisor. Colleagues are also encouraged to bring employees efforts to the attention of managers, heads of service and directors for recognition.

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