12 / 1 / 2017 Midday
Roshni Degvan is employee relations advisor at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and has been attending the Total Reward Engagement Network (TREN) sessions in Leeds since July 2016, she writes about how attending the sessions helped the team deliver and plan reward projects for staff.
I attended my first TREN session in July 2016 and haven’t missed one since.
The regular sessions have really helped me gain a valuable insight in to what other trusts are doing and it’s also a great information sharing forum. I always come back from the sessions with an abundance of ideas and useful information. In particular where trusts have succeeded in implementing schemes, engagement methods or equally what maybe hasn’t worked so well for them and why.
The employee relations team at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has grown over the past year and with that we have been able to define particular work streams and key project areas. Having predominately worked in the operational side of HR for most of my career this area was very new and exciting to me. I joined the team in April 2016 and took a lead on the employee engagement strand.
I work closely with the communications team as we are both trying to reach out and engage with our employees by providing them with information and important messages. While doing this, we also take into account the varying age demographics of our organisation to make sure our communication methods suit our workforce. An example of this is using social media, and we use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
Over the last few months we have taken forward a number of projects, these include:
- launching an employee of the month scheme which has been really well received. So much so, a local florist approached us to sponsor the flowers we give to winners following an article that was published in the local newspaper
- hosting our sixth Shining Stars event in June 2017 where we encourage our staff to nominate colleagues and teams for 12 different categories - the successful employee of the month winners will also be invited to this event
- looking at the ‘on boarding’ process for new starters and exploring where we can encourage engagement and communicate the benefits offered by the trust into the journey of a new employee
- looking at what on-going support is required for their first 6-12 months with the organisation and their role so that they remain engaged
- developing an app for the trust to encourage wider engagement and communication
- creating a brand so that any communication we do is easily recognised by staff
- improving communications so all our benefits and services are in one place making it easier for employees to find.
Attending the TREN sessions has assisted us to make suggestions as to which tools and resources would be useful for our departments going forward to enable us to deliver and support employee engagement across the trust.
I’m looking forward to future sessions.
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