One Aberdeenshire

Working towards One Aberdeenshire

The best way to understand how an organisation works is to ask the people who work there – you know best what it feels like when a plan comes together, when a team just clicks, and stuff gets done. You also know what gets in the way of you doing your job.

We want to use our combined experiences to build on our strengths as a council. Your views will then be used to shape future ways of working at Aberdeenshire Council. There are a number of ways you can get involved:

  • Team Talks (events aimed at every employee. You can join in person or online; held three times per year)
  • Chat 1:1 (the one-to-one interview approach to gathering employee feedback started towards the end of 2016 is returning this summer)
  • Working Group (those who take part in Chat 1:1 will be able to join an ongoing conversation about how we can collectively build on what’s good about the council. Read a summary of the discussions so far)
  • Leadership Forum (engagement events specifically aimed at senior managers)
  • Out and About (the Chief Executive and Service Directors will be out and about joining team discussions or even just working from a desk near you.)
  • Just Ask (You may notice an online opinion poll popping up now and again to ask how you feel about a particular issue)

This will help us all get to grips with what makes Aberdeenshire tick. Having a shared understanding about what it means to work for Aberdeenshire Council can help us all to work together better within our communities and across services in the most helpful way possible.

Chief Executive Jim Savege explains: “Doing the right thing isn’t included within anyone’s job description but that’s what makes us great at serving our communities.  This process will help us look at the best of what’s on offer and help others to achieve likewise in their towns and villages.”

What makes Aberdeenshire unique? What makes your community unique? Take part in some of these conversations and have your say.

The schedule for this year’s Team Talks events (which you can also join using Skype!) is as follows:

  • Thursday, June 1 @ 1pm in Committee Room 1, Woodhill House
  • Tuesday, June 27 @10am at Community Room 3, Deveron Community and Sports Centre, Banff
  • Tuesday, September 19 @3.30pm at Mackie Academy

Managers should allow employees time to attend events and discussions. If you’d like to be sent the hyperlink for joining an event online when it is available or are keen to register a question in advance, email communicatebetter@aberdeenshire.gov.uk You may also use this email address to invite a senior colleague to come and meet with your team directly.
The discussions so far

On February 10, 2017, an employee engagement event was held involving employees who had been interviewed towards the end of last year. This was an opportunity to build on the information shared during the interviews as a group, and then share these values, strengths and positive stories directly with the Chief Executive and the Directors.

Discussions have highlighted the pride colleagues have in doing the right thing in delivering customer services, whether this is about colleagues working together or in engaging with external customers. But what’s behind that sense of empowerment to do the right thing? As one member of staff rightly commented: “The council will only ever be as good as its people.”

Please take part in forthcoming discussions and ensure your voice about what works well and what we can build on is heard.