To receive the annual review of the Establishment.
The Committee had before it, and NOTED, the annual *review of the Establishment from the Corporate Manager for People, Governance and Waste.
The Officer explained that although it had been a challenging year that all services had been maintained. Sickness absence had remained low but had seen a slight increase over the winter months which was expected. Agency spend had increased due to gaps in personnel who were sick, isolating or current vacancies not yet being filled. Turnover remained a challenge.
In response to Members concerns about the increased turnover rate the Corporate Manager for People, Governance and Waste explained that the staff survey had indicated that people were less satisfied but that the Council was looking to learn from the survey.
The Chief Executive explained that the overarching turnover rates were comparable with other local authorities and that staff satisfaction was a concern with a sense of fairness apparent. The Council tried to treat people fairly and equally but some examples were staff being furloughed when others had to work through the pandemic.
In response to Members requesting to see a plan to tackle turnover, the Corporate Manager for People, Governance and Waste stated that the Staff Survey Action Plan would be brought to a future meeting of the Scrutiny Committee.
He explained that the Council used a competency framework to better use people’s skills and this lead to a progression pathway for staff.
Note: *Review previously circulated and attached to the minutes.
To consider a report of the Corporate Manager for People, Governance and Waste providing Members with an update on both the establishment of the council together with its performance.
The Cabinet had before it a *report of the Corporate Manager for People, Governance and Waste providing Members with an update on both the establishment of the Council together with its performance.
The Cabinet Member for the Working Environment and Support Services outlined the contents of the report stating that this was the annual overview of the performance of the Establishment and explaining how this had been affected by the Covid 19 pandemic. She informed the meeting that charts had been added to aid understanding.
(Proposed by the Chairman and seconded by Cllr Mrs N Woollatt)
Note: *Report previously circulated, copy attached to minutes.