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My Plan provides the opportunity for our employees to agree an individual work plan.
High inflation rates and increased costs are beginning to affect our suppliers, who have begun to seek to increase the prices of their goods and services.
We're implementing a no purchase order (PO), no pay policy which means that suppliers will need to quote a valid PO on their invoices before we'll pay them.
Cabinet members have agreed a new sustainable procurement policy designed to help staff make greener purchasing decisions.
We are pulling together a showcase of all the great things our council has to offer for its employees.
We're offering a wide range of events at our countryside sites designed to appeal to all the family with some offering the chance to learn new skills.
As the cost of living is rising it's important to understand what advice and support is available to you, your family and the people you work with.
Colleagues in highways are invited to join a series of face-to-face and online briefing events to find out more about the ambitious transformation programme.
As a result of the pandemic we introduced some interim travel claim guidance to reflect the temporary changes to the way some colleagues were having to travel.
Our people are at the heart of enabling change, ensuring our partners and communities thrive and our organisation succeeds.
Congratulations to everyone involved in the delivery of the Woodville to Swadlincote Regeneration Road.
If you're still experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 four weeks after contracting the virus, the Derbyshire Long COVID employee support service is here for you.
Men's Health Week aims to raise awareness of preventable health issues and encourage men and boys to seek professional advice for health-related problems.
Winning Goals is a 12-week weight management programme followed up with monthly one-to-one sessions specifically aimed at adult males.
It is important that all we all recognise the importance of looking after ourselves and preventing ill health.
Webinars running throughout July 2022 for LGPS members who'd like to find out more about the shared cost salary sacrifice scheme.
We've recently updated our guidance on workplace health and safety inspections.
We're hosting an online question and answer session on 14 June with a panel of leadership apprentices who will be available to respond to your questions.
We process large amounts of personal data and ensuring confidentiality and keeping people's personal information safe is of huge importance.
We've made some changes to our attendance management and ill health capability procedure.
Windrush Day is on 22 June 2022 and marks the date when the Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks in 1948.
From online workshops on how to manage anxiety to 'virtual' cuppas and free tickets to the cinema, there's lots going on during National Carers Week 2022
We'll be lighting up County Hall purple after dark for the whole of the extended bank holiday weekend.
Our YES Derbyshire Project supports young people to access training, job opportunities and a range of health and wellbeing services.
We want to make everything as accessible as possible to everyone.
Find out more about benefits of credit unions and community banks so that you can understand what they do and how they can help the people you support.
Are you passionate about workplace wellbeing? Do you want to promote healthy eating or physical activity in your department and team?
We're offering a second opportunity for colleagues interested in applying for a leadership apprenticeship to take part in a webinar to find out more.
We've signed up to take part in Britain's Healthiest Workplace, the UK's largest workplace-wellbeing survey
The COVID-19 HR advice for managers has now been updated to reflect the latest position on living with Covid
Last week was 'get to know your digital champion week', which saw us celebrate what their fantastic community does
On 13 May, we detected an attempted cyber-attack on our IT systems which had the potential to cause disruption to services.
Following feedback on Mental Health Awareness Week, we've set up a mental health peer support Teams chat.
Alongside our colleagues across Joined Up Care Derbyshire have signed up to take part in Britain's Healthiest Workplace.
Bladder Cancer Awareness Month aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of bladder cancer which is one of the 10 most common types of cancer in the UK.
The ability to be resilient, to learn, adapt and continuously improve in the face of such challenge is crucial.
Are you, or any friends or family interested in joining our ambitious and forward-thinking policy and research team?
We are delighted to announce that our new Executive Director of Corporate Services and Transformation, Joe O'Sullivan, will join the council in July 2022.
We provide a hard of hearing service which carries out assessments and demonstrations of environmental hearing equipment for people who are hard of hearing.
Today we'll be proudly flying the Pride Progress flag at County Hall to show our support for International Day Against Homophobia Transphobia and Biphobia.
Modern ways of working is helping us achieve our aim to provide the services local people want and need by thinking and doing things differently.
An updated version of our Constitution has been published which incorporates a number of amendments.
The council's commitment to secure the future of County Hall
We're expanding our programme of leadership and management apprenticeships
One of our colleagues, Luke Impey, has launched a campaign for potentially life-saving treatment for his baby daughter Winnie. Donate to the appeal here.
We have more than 500 digital champions that are dedicating an hour of their working week to supporting their colleagues and departments.
It's Mental Health Awareness Week and this year it's all about getting connected and combating loneliness.
With fewer employees working in our office buildings, we're taking a different approach to fire evacuation.
Share our message and encourage people across Derbyshire to consider starting their fostering journey
An invitation to all our Joined up Care Derbyshire colleagues to join us for a session with the Erewash Health and Wellbeing Partnership.
As part of a Joined Up Care Derbyshire initiative, you can take advantage of a number of free activities that can help with your overall wellbeing.
An invitation to all our Joined up Care Derbyshire colleagues to join us for a conversation with Lizzie Cain from the Co-Production Collective.
Dean Wallace, Director of Public Health, will be leaving us in late summer / early autumn to take up ta new role.
Take 5 minutes to complete the ICT equipment survey so that we have an accurate record of the equipment you currently have at home.
Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 9 to 15 May 2022.
We're relaunching our employee network groups with an online and in person event on 25 May 2022.
Each head of service and above will receive their own results report of the employee survey.
Hybrid meeting rooms are perfect when you want a meeting with colleagues who are in the office and working remotely as it brings everyone together.
We provide a service which gives blind and visually impaired people information and advice
Our employee survey results will be out by the end of April
We'd like to get your views on the Derbyshire Women's Network role.
The next online neurodiversity drop-in session is on Thursday 19 May from 11am -12pm.
Join us on 18 May 2022 for this exciting online event which will explore the specific needs and experiences of young LGBT+ people.
We've made the apprenticeship application and approval process quicker and easier.
Do you know someone who's gone the extra mile? You can nominate them for Radio Derby's Make a Difference Awards.
We recently ran our employee survey and thank you to all those who completed it.
Are you, or any friends or family interested in joining our fantastic in-house highways team?
Stress is something that we all experience at some point. Whether it's a work deadline, financial worries or something more serious.
If you or someone you know is looking for a job or change of career, check out a new website promoting careers in care across Derbyshire and Derby.
We recently marked Neurodiversity Celebration Week, challenging stereotypes and raising awareness about neurodiversity and neurological differences.
From 1 April 2022 the COVID-19 advice to employers is changing as we transition to the government's living with COVID plan.
We're leading a partnership of organisations to support people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine by safely resettling them into Derbyshire homes.
If you or your colleagues are working on any projects that would benefit the health and wellbeing of employees across Derbyshire, let us know.
The pay award has been applied in March 2022 backdated to 1 April 2021 for local government service employees
There are just a few days left now before the annual employee survey closes on the 27 March so this is our last opportunity to remind you to complete it.
You're invited to find out all about Office.com and the increased flexibility and productivity it can add to your working week.
Social worker Sarah Clarke is sharing her story to help shine a light on the strengths and accomplishments of our neurodivergent workforce.
Social worker Deb Solomon is sharing her story to help shine a light on the strengths and accomplishments of our neurodivergent workforce.
Assistant director Helene Denness is sharing her story to help shine a light on the strengths and accomplishments of our neurodivergent workforce.
We have now trained around 8,000 county council colleagues, but we still need to ensure the remaining 2,200 staff have completed their mandatory training.
We're now at the midway point of the annual employee survey. We're very pleased to report that so far, 34% of people have responded.
Do you, or any friends or family have experience providing administrative support and would like to accept work placements and hours to suit?
Our new salary sacrifice Shared Cost AVC benefit has launched and offers LGPS members a cost-efficient way to boost their pension pot.
From April 2022 employee National Insurance contributions are increasing by 1.25 percentage points.
Some employees have been re-enrolled into a pension scheme to comply with the Workplace Pension Reform Regulations.
If you're a smoker we expect you'll know the main reasons why you should quit, and you might have tried before.
As more people return to using office spaces please remember that you must wear your council ID badge in council buildings.
The annual employee survey has now been open for just over a week and so far, we've had a 22% response rate. What a great start!
International Women's Day is an annual celebration of women's achievements to raise awareness of issues affecting women and girls on a local and global level.
Neurodiversity is the concept that all humans vary in terms of how we think and process information. Everyone has talents and things they find challenging.
International Women's Day is marked on 8 March each year around the world as part of the Women's History Month.
Following a review, we've decided to maintain our existing COVID-19 secure measures until the end of March.
Stagecoach is raising its bus fair prices but don't forget that employees can get a discount off daily, weekly and monthly tickets.
Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health and if you're ready to quit for good then there's lots of support on offer.
You will be pleased to hear that the national pay agreement for Local Government Service employees for 2021/22 has been agreed.
Our annual employee survey launches today and we are keen to hear your views.
We've just launched a new partnership with Mobilise, an online-only organisation providing free digital support to unpaid carers.
Our Time to Talk Derbyshire campaign continues until 4 March and we're encouraging people to start a conversation about mental health.
We're joining organisations across Derbyshire and the UK in marking LGBT+ History Month by flying the Pride Progress flag at County Hall.
Contact HR Services using Microsoft Teams wherever possible, but if you can't, you can contact them over the phone or email.
If you are a member of the LGPS, you have been able to build up your pension benefits for retirement by paying AVCs.
You have again stepped up and responded magnificently to the snow, rain, gales and flooding that have had widespread impact across the county.
We've launched the Derbyshire Grants scheme with £1.5million over the next 2 years to community groups, clubs, local charities and non-profit organisations.
With so many colleagues working across different locations, it's important to look after information security.
We have some really fantastic people in this organisation, people who do the most incredible, heroic and heart-warming things
We're running an online consultation about grants to 62 voluntary, charity and community sector groups in Derbyshire.
The Learning Centre is relaunching with a new style, layout and a colourful new icon on your desktop.
Following the lifting of Plan B requirement to work from home, we are now in a position to allow colleagues to use more workspaces in council buildings.
In preparation for our next employee survey, we are focusing on the department action plans and what progress has been made over this past year.
We're all spending more and more time online so it's more important than ever to stay safe.
The strategy is currently being finalised and will take into account the feedback received through the public consultation.
Our Time to Talk Derbyshire mental health campaign runs from 7 February until 4 March 2022.
National Apprenticeship Week is an annual celebration of the importance of apprenticeships.
This week begins our countdown to the annual Employee Survey which opens on 28 February and closes on 27 March 2022.
You're probably aware of the traditional 6-striped rainbow flag, but did you know that in 2018 the Pride Progress flag was developed.
LGBT+ History Month runs throughout February and focusses on the celebration and recognition of LGBT+ people, history and culture.
An LGBT+ awareness sessions to help understand the difference between sex, gender and sexual orientation, appropriate language and equality law.
Race Equality Week, is an annual UK-wide initiative to encourage a dialogue and improve understanding of race equality issues at work.
If you're passionate about workplace wellbeing and would like to promote positive change, then our healthy workplaces workshops are for you.
The mental health and wellbeing group has been meeting for over 2 years now and they have another online session on Monday 31 January.
If you work in Children's Services, please help us to make sure you have the right information about the progress of the Achieving Great Futures programme.
Brain in Hand – a digital self-management support system for people who are autistic, have learning disabilities or who are managing mental health difficulties.
It's Holocaust Memorial Day this Thursday 27 January 2022 - marking the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Derbyshire voluntary and community organisations are being encouraged to apply to the national Let's Create Jubilee Fund.
We are striving to ensure that we have safe and enabling environments, which support the wellbeing, motivation and retention of our people.
Derbyshire Learning Online (DLO) will be down for planned maintenance from Thursday 27 January and is expected to be available again on Monday 31 January 2022.
Taking annual leave is important for your wellbeing so please make sure you take leave at regular intervals or whenever it is practical to do so.
Yesterday the Prime Minister made an announcement about the lifting of Plan B restrictions and that people are no longer being asked to work from home.
You may be aware of recent changes to government guidance around self-isolation periods following positive COVID-19 tests.
Derbyshire Learning Online (DLO) will soon have a new look. We've gathered lots of feedback and you told us you wanted DLO to be easy to navigate and engaging.
If you would like to make some healthy changes to your lifestyle this year, our Live Life Better Derbyshire (LLBD) service can help.
We're working with ORCHA to provide a health apps library for Derbyshire residents and council employees.
Pete Handford, our current Director of Finance and ICT, will take up the temporary role of Executive Director for Corporate Services & Transformation.
A huge congratulations to Kim Johnson who has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the new year honours.
Managing Director Emma Alexander was interviewed by Ian Skye on BBC Radio Derby on 22 December 2021.
Recent changes to public procurement thresholds regulations will start from 1 January 2022.
A big thank you to everyone who supported our first ever thank you week.
I should like to take this opportunity to wish all staff and their families my very best wishes for the Christmas season and for a happy and healthy new year.
An invitation to all our Joined up Care Derbyshire colleagues to join us for a conversation with Professor Donna Hall.
Due to continuing COVID-19 guidance and the implementation of our modern ways of working programme, there will be some changes to meeting rooms in County Hall.
Christmas can be a very difficult time of the year for many people. Especially with many still working from home, this can be an anxious time.
School age children living in Derbyshire who receive benefit-related free school meals will be able to take part in free Christmas holiday activities.
The county procurement team are working hard to make procurement services better across the council and would like feedback from colleagues.
A reminder that you need to keep evidence of travel expenses claimed to comply with HMRC VAT requirements.
The consultation into options for the future of accommodation for older people in some of our residential care homes has now launched.
Under the modern ways of working programme we were intending to begin welcoming colleagues to their new workspaces at County Hall before Christmas.
Join us on Thursday 16 December 2021 for 2 more drop-in thank you sessions.
We're asking for views on our proposed strategy for equality, diversity and inclusion.
As part of our employee engagement cycle we've asked line mangers to meet with their teams to review and update their team action plans.
You will have seen the government announcement and news reports regarding the introduction of 'Plan B'.
This year we're celebrating our first ever thank you week to recognise the support and hard work of colleagues across the council.
Commissioning, Communities and Policy is changing its name to Corporate Services and Transformation.
Whether you are feeling alone, stressed, anxious, worried about money, or something else, our mental health first aiders are on hand over Christmas.
As well as contacting HR through Teams, you can now contact them over the phone.
Work on a new highways hub control room in north block at County Hall means that the computer network will need to be turned off in part of north block.
It's really important our email signatures have a consistent style so it's easy for colleagues and service users to find out who we are and how to contact us
We're building a new, state-of-the-art care home on the site of the former Bennerley School in Cotmanhay, near Ilkeston.
We're running a series of staff training sessions about climate change and sustainability.
Find out more about how our employee assistance programme can help you.
On 18 November 2021 Cabinet agreed a new whistleblowing policy which will replace our whistleblowing confidential reporting code.
We are delighted to announce that Emma Alexander has been appointed as permanent Managing Director following last week's interview process.
Trans Awareness week runs from 13 to 19 November every year, leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance on 20 November.
Senior transport officer, Rob Bounds, who works in the sustainable travel team has won a special award.
Do you know which roads we grit?. There's lots of information on our website, and a map which tells you when a road was last gritted.
The next online mental health and wellbeing session which is organised by colleagues is on Tuesday 12 October.
Our MWoW programme is now making great progress in re-organising our office spaces so that they can be used to support service delivery in a more flexible way.
We've secured funding to help our vulnerable residents access resources to further reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.
We're looking to recruit more mental health first aiders. If you'd like to get involved, you can get free training.
You're invited to join one of our four employee briefings sessions to keep you informed of the latest developments with the Modern Ways of Working programme.
We're looking for a number of customer care assistants to join our Call Derbyshire contact centre team.
Winter is on its way and many of our colleagues are now on standby to help out the travelling public by gritting the roads whenever needed.
This week is Stress Awareness Week and it's something that we've all probably been experiencing more of over the past 18 months.
We have reviewed standby, sleep-in and recall to work duty payments terms and conditions.
As part of National Safeguarding Adults Week, which runs from 15 to 21 November 2021, the Derbyshire Safeguarding Adults Board is hosting some free webinars.
We've launched a social media campaign to highlight what we and our partners are doing to help tackle climate change.
The rules surrounding travelling outside the UK, testing and quarantine have changed this month.
BBC Radio Derby are inviting staff from across the council to join people throughout Derbyshire in making one simple pledge to help the environment.
Spectacular large-scale projections will light up 2 Derbyshire landmarks in a new night-time attraction celebrating the county's rich heritage this autumn.
You could be presented with some challenges when it comes to keeping information and equipment secure.
Colleagues from across local government will be virtually visiting Derbyshire from Monday 18 October 2021.
It's Stoptober - the perfect time to quit smoking, get healthier and start saving money too.
Black History Month allows us to learn, understand and celebrate Black cultures and histories and we are proud to be a part of this celebration.
Sunday 10 October is World Mental Health Day. It's a chance to stop and have a conversation about how you're feeling and to reach out for help if you need it.
Some of our colleagues have set up an online mental health and wellbeing group. The next planned another session is on Tuesday 12 October 2021.
Thrive, the company behind the mental health wellbeing app, is continuing its series of webinars.
As fuel supplies begin to return to normal, colleagues who need to make work-related journeys can now do so.
The rollout will begin with greater momentum from Tuesday 5 October
ICT Services are really pleased to announce that our new Service Desk Online system, Halo, will launch in November.
If you'd like to get back into doing some regular exercise, try our free exercise sessions, exclusively for our employees
Colleagues at the centre celebrated by putting on a family activity fun day.
We have been honoured in the Municipal Journal Local Government Achievement Awards 'Public Health Improvement' category
It's something that everyone has been asking for, and we're really excited to let you know that the rollout began on 14 September 2021.
The programme will provide a flexible working environment which supports you to provide high quality services for our residents and communities.
Do you work out in the community with residents, partners, service users and businesses?
Some of our colleagues have set up an online mental health and wellbeing group.
Work to clear personal belongings and secure paper records is now underway as part of our Modern Ways of Working programme.
We have recently undertaken a review of the consultative framework within the council and details of the key changes are detailed for your information.
It's World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September – which aims to start open, frank conversations around suicide and what we can all do to help prevent it.
We are delighted to confirm that our new Executive Director of Children's Services, Carol Cammiss, will join the council in early December 2021.
On 15 September Full Council is being asked to consider a proposal to appoint a permanent Managing Director for the council
Would you like to become a workplace health champion and help to improve the health and wellbeing of your colleagues?
From Monday 6 September 2021 colleagues will begin to clear personal belongings and secure paper records as part of our Modern Ways of Working programme.
As more organisations begin to return to work in buildings you may be asked to attend other organisations' premises.
A reminder of the guidelines about entering workplaces or attending a building for an approved meeting.
All of our finance teams throughout the different departments have now been brought together to operate as one team.
If you have an LGPS pension with Derbyshire Pension Fund, you can sign up and register for the new My Pension Online service.
We would like to find out more about how you use our website to access services and your experience of finding the information you are looking for.
We'll be making essential changes to Microsoft Direct Access, the system that allows those working from home to access the network from their laptop.
Charlotte Brown - an apprentice social worker who has won Nottingham Trent University's Outstanding First Year Apprentice of the Year award
A pilot of the project to depersonalise office spaces is expected to begin next week with a small number of teams taking part.
Do you want time to talk in a friendly, non-judgemental environment? Some of our employees have set up an online mental health and wellbeing group.
Training places are available for staff working with vulnerable adults who want to learn more about mental health and how to support others.