My portfolio includes Northumberland County Council’s HR which supports around 10,000 staff working for the council and the directly maintained schools.
We are half way through our first term and are busy implementing an ambitious Corporate Plan. We were determined that our new values will more closely align with the corporate plan and that they would be developed by staff for staff.
I reported at a recent Cabinet Meeting:
It will also shift the focus more onto residents, adding: “We are all here – staff and members – to serve the people who live in Northumberland.
“This will be a very important tool, not just a set of words, that will be built into all of our HR processes and appraisals as well.”
The four new values are: Residents first; excellence and quality; respect; keeping our communities safe and well.