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Over the past few weeks, the Supporting our Staff team has been busy taking forward projects covering a range of areas to help improve the lives of our professional services staff.

Wellbeing advocates  

The Wellbeing Advocate Network ensures that a proactive approach to wellbeing is embedded and supported across the university. Every area of the University is encouraged to have an Advocate who takes ownership of their own specific programme of wellbeing while being supported by the University to undertake that role. Jenny Rampling and Rebecca Shipley are supporting the Equality and Diversity team to improve and develop the scheme culminating in a new recruitment campaign to ensure all areas and Departments have an Advocate. If you are interested in becoming a Wellbeing Advocate or have any questions about the role, please speak to your line manager or contact  Louise Atkin, Equality & Diversity Consultant at louise.atkin@admin.cam.ac.uk. 

Effective workload management  

Jenny Rampling is leading a project focused on developing resources and tools to help and support effective workload management. The project is at the early initiation stage so Jenny is holding a number of focus groups to discuss the types of tools and resources that individuals, managers, and teams may find most useful. The project is also looking to explore some of the cultural and organisational issues that impact workload. A panel event was held as part of the Festival of Wellbeing which brought together experienced managers to discuss these issues and how they manage their workloads.

You can view the panel discussion via Teams: https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/2e129d33-fbae-43d0-81d0-903aed07c84c

If you are interested in getting involved in this project or joining a focus group then please contact Jenny at jenny.rampling@admin.cam.ac.uk. 

Returning to the workplace and the future of flexible/agile working 

The ourcambridge team continues to develop a range of resources to support  managers and staff with the transition from home working to slowly returning to the workplace where it is safe and practical to do so. The team is also involved in discussions as part of a longer-term project considering the future of flexible/agile working at the University.  

Communities of Practice

Existing Communities of Practices are continuing to thrive. An ourcambridge/UIS joint project is underway to create a framework and package of support for CoPs across the University, which will be trialled with existing and emerging CoPs in the Michaelmas term. Watch this space for further updates and get in touch with Project Lead Claire Brind Claire.brind@admin.cam.ac.uk if you would like to know more in the meantime.

Values

The professional services values of trust, respect, integrity and collaboration are at the heart of current projects under the Supporting our Staff work stream and are currently being embedded into all aspects of the employee lifecycle. Look out for further updates on the ourcambridge website.

Mentoring

Read the latest update on the self-match mentoring scheme.

LinkedIn Learning

Read the latest update on LinkedIn Learning.

 

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