Decision details

Human Resources Statistical Reporting Change

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Decisions:

The Council considered the report of the Director of Resources seeking approval to change the requirement to report Quarterly Human Resource (HR) statistics to the Strategy and Resources Committee.

 

The report outlined the original requirement for quarterly reporting, the work that had been undertaken since then to address concerns and the improvements made to the Council’s overall HR statistics.  Members were advised of the measures in place for management key performance indicators and that any significant variances would be reported to the Strategy and Resources Committee.  As a result it was suggested that the requirement for quarterly report be removed.

 

The Leader of the Council referred to staff welfare always being an important issue and taken very seriously by Members.  He then proposed that the Council did not accept the recommendations as set out in the report and proposed that:

 

(i)              all staff statistics including a summary of exit interviews be reported to the Performance, Governance and Audit (PGA) Committee on a quarterly basis;

 

(ii)            the process of analysing staff sickness is reported to the PGA Committee;

 

(iii)          the Terms of Reference of the PGA Committee are updated accordingly.

 

This proposal was duly seconded.

 

A discussion then took place regarding whether the PGA Committee was the correct Committee to receive the statistical information.  In response the Leader of the Council withdrew his proposed recommendation (iii) replacing it with a proposal that the Terms of Reference of the Strategy and Resources (S&R) Committee be updated.  At this point the Lead Legal Specialist and Monitoring Officer provided some further clarification and how was important to avoid having two Committees dealing with the same issue.  Further discussion ensued regarding whether review of the statistics should be considered by the PGA or S&R Committee. 

 

The Chairman referred Members to the S&R Committee Terms of Reference and read out the specific term relating to HR statistics.  In response to the discussion, the Lead Legal Specialist and Monitoring Officer suggested that a report be brought to a subsequent Council meeting to address the issue regarding the Terms of Reference and the remit of each Committee.

 

The Leader of the Council withdrew his earlier proposition and proposed that:

 

(i)              all staff statistics including exit interviews be reported to the relevant Committee on a quarterly basis;

 

(ii)            the Corporate Governance Working Group be asked to review the consideration of Human Resources statistics and report back to the Council for decision as to which Committee the statistic reports sit within.

 

This proposal was duly seconded and agreed.

 

RESOLVED

 

(i)              all staff statistics including exit interviews be reported to the relevant Committee on a quarterly basis;

 

(ii)            the Corporate Governance Working Group be asked to review the consideration of Human Resources statistics and report back to the Council for decision as to which Committee the statistic reports sit within.

Publication date: 08/07/2020

Date of decision: 02/07/2020

Decided at meeting: 02/07/2020 - Council

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