23nd November 2004
BACK TO THE FLOOR
Senior Managers at Edge Hill have volunteered to go ‘back to the floor? to develop a better understanding of the challenges staff face on a day-to-day basis.
During November, December and January, 22 senior managers currently undertaking the Leadership Development Programme will take a break from their regular roles around the campus for a day, to join up with a variety of teams across the institution, to find out what life is really like for hundreds of Edge Hill staff.
Members of departments as wide ranging as security, porters, post room, finance, Sporting Edge, gardening, maintenance and domestics will find they have a new team member for one day only.
Chief Executive John Cater joined security and litter picking teams last week, as the heavens opened and the first snowflakes of winter fell. After a morning of parking cars in the rain, it was onto filling around a dozen bags with hand-picked litter. An afternoon of alarm testing, boiler checks, dealing with parking obstructions and operational queries followed, but would a change of career beckon?
John said, “The experience provided confirmation of the quality and commitment of people in all roles across Edge Hill, of jobs well done that make a real difference day-in, day-out. It was a joy to spend a day in the fresh air, needing more than four pairs of dry socks and two pairs of jeans, meeting a lot of nice, committed individuals and gaining a sense of something achieved.”
The initiative has been offered under the Leadership Programme of Development, a 12 month programme completing its pilot year in December 2004, with the aim of aiding understanding, improving communications and developing working relations across the institution.
It is intended that Back to the Floor will become an annual event, whilst in the New Year an additional programme will be developed, allowing non-management staff to shadow senior managers for the day, gaining a better understanding of these roles. The initiative has received very positive feedback from staff across Edge Hill.