The Head of Transformation & Organisational Development and Human Resources and Organisational Development Manager presented the HR and Organisational Development / People Strategy for the Executive Committee’s consideration.
The Executive Committee was advised that the strategy set out the Council’s aspiration for the Council’s workforce now and for the future. It was reported that the HR and Organisational Development / People Strategy was designed to ensure that the right people with the right skills were in the right place within the workforce.
In developing the HR and Organisational Development / People Strategy, Officers had outlined three key themes. These were as follows:
1. Workforce Planning and Talent Management – this included how the workforce were recruited and retained.
2. Engagement - this included how the workforce could be motivated.
3. Health, Safety and Wellbeing – this included how to provide a safe and healthy workplace for Council staff.
Members were informed of the importance of a diverse workforce, and that the HR and Organisational Development / People Strategy took this into account in the hope that this would produce a workforce that better understood customers’ needs.
During consideration of the report Members were pleased to see that wellbeing had been given such a high priority within the HR and Organisational Development / People Strategy. It was noted that showing an interest in the wellbeing of people was important as the biggest asset to an organisation was its people, and looking after their wellbeing would help to get the best out of staff. It was also noted that the work being undertaken in culture and engagement would also motivate staff and was fundamental to the success of a workforce. In addition to this, Members expressed that it was pleasing to see that work was actively being undertaken to attract younger people to the Council and that planning, and succession plans were in place.
The approach taken by the Chief Executive, as Head of Paid Service, to address the Workforce Strategy be endorsed.