University HR team fights to shed macho culture image

first_imgUniversity HR team fights to shed macho culture imageOn 6 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Cambridge University’s personnel director claims that itsnew HR team can tackle the institution’s macho culture.Last week a staff report, called Equalities in theUniversity ñ Setting a New Agenda, was published which criticises theuniversity’s working culture. Peter Deer, personnel director at Cambridge University,said, “The results are no surprise, the university has only had an HR teamand policies for 12 months.”I joined in November 1999 and it was the first timethere was a universal personnel department. Previously, individual collegeslooked after their staff.”The survey of the university’s 7,000 staff, carried out byconsultancy Schneider-Ross, found that nearly 75 per cent of ethnic minoritystaff and 66 per cent of female employees had felt undervalued during someperiod of their employment. The figure rises to 81 per cent among disabledstaff.Deer said, “This is an inclusive institution with aculture that goes back over 100 years. It is going to take time for my HRrevolution to take shape.” Twenty-three per cent of staff said that bullying bymanagers has hindered their chances of promotion.Deer said, “Academics are not good at management and donot see it as part of their job function. We need to change the culture. “I am recruiting a dozen more HR staff, taking my teamto over 50, to help implement a five-year plan. First, we must improveinter-college communication and management skills. “We will publish a progress report in 2003, and Iexpect to see a massive improvement.”By Paul Nelsonwww.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/personnel/equality Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more