Archive for August, 2017

Summer breaks, My HR and the return of IRONMAN 70.3

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

I hope that you have all had a relaxing break over the summer and had the opportunity to spend some well-earned time with family and friends.  In the Henderson household, it continues to be a busy year as we get to the end of our self-build project.  It has meant that every spare moment has been booked with building and construction tasks, as well as supporting my wife, Shona, who has been acting as project manager.  It’s been a long haul, but it’s been worth it.

Back at SCC, this week sees another step on our way to being a smart working organisation with the launch of My HR.  This is rather more than a new software package, as it puts you in control of your own HR and finance.  You will be able to update your details, submit expenses claims, manage your leave and view your payslips from anywhere on your own smartphone.  We’ve taken great care of the introduction, and I’m hugely grateful to the Change Champions who have given so much of your time to ensure that everybody has had the appropriate training.  I know that it has taken you away from your normal duties, and that you have had to demonstrate great adaptability and resourcefulness, but, if and when this introduction is a success, the credit belongs in no small part to you.

Lastly for today, many of you will have read about the Ironman competition continuing in the county next year, and potentially beyond, but moving its finish from Shugborough to Stafford town centre.  This is excellent news, and a real result for our Sportshire Coordinator Jude Taylor who has carefully led the negotiations with a large number of stakeholders.  With the finish in our thriving county town, local people and businesses have an even greater opportunity to view and benefit from this amazing spectacle.

Dignity in Care

Monday, August 14th, 2017

I spent the best part of a day with the carers who look after our most vulnerable people at the annual Dignity Awards, held this year in Newcastle-under-Lyme College. It was an inspiring and humbling experience, meeting both those who care for family members and those whose career is caring. The thing that they all had in common was a selfless commitment to looking after others. Reading out and listening to the citations written for those who were nominated for the awards brought home to me how important it is to celebrate these people and their efforts, often in the face of the most trying of circumstances.

We all read and hear reports in the media of events when care goes wrong, but rarely of when it goes well—I think this needs to change. That said, what sticks in my memory was the modesty and determination of these remarkable people. Prince Philip once said that the Armed Forces were made up of ordinary people doing extraordinary things – the same could be said of our carers.