depa’s prestigious HR Awards will be announced next month


As much awaited by those responsible for human resources management in councils as our members, this is an exciting time of the year for those who haven’t been doing the right thing.

We’ve always taken the view that calling out those with the worst HR will improve the standard of HR management in the industry and it looks like this year, after 12 nominees last year, there has been a significant outbreak of good behaviour in the industry.

Councils like Cumberland and Inner West when they had the opportunity to do the wrong thing in standardising grant days over Xmas New Year chose the opportunity to do the right thing - providing to Marrickville employees the days off that were the entitlement of those at Ashfield and Leichhardt, and the entitlements at Holroyd to those at Auburn.  Good work by both the administrators and the Interim General Managers at both those merged organisations.  And, there you are, something nice in depaNews about Viv the Vivisector, and who would have thought that would ever happen.

Viv May is good bloke

Yesterday we received a clause 39 letter from Parramatta City telling us that they have created nine (9) additional full-time permanent positions within the Regulatory Service Unit.  And we expect a similar letter creating new planner positions very, very soon. 

Despite all this good behaviour and positive developments at these councils, we have three candidates already busy out there setting astonishingly poor examples on things like denying natural justice during an investigation, failing to look after the health and well-being of staff in an open and public way and one council which hasn’t been the subject of a dispute yet, but will surely be in the New Year, after a long history of under-resourcing, disrespect and mistreatment of staff.

Our special December HR issue will be out in the week commencing Monday 19 December.

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