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Employee Engagement

An overview of the Employee Engagement Strategy to be developed over the next five years.

Effective employee engagement seeks to gain everyone’s commitment to help achieve our goals and objectives.

We aim to establish and maintain an environment where our workforce has the information required to undertake its role effectively and efficiently through appropriate communication channels.

We also seek to ensure effective working relationships with staff, trade unions and staff representatives.

Effective employee relations seek to gain stakeholder commitment to the achievement of the Authority’s goals and objectives, and to establish and maintain an environment where the workforce has the information required to undertake their role effectively and efficiency through appropriate communication channels. It also seeks to build and reinforce effective working relationships with staff, trade unions and staff representatives, ensuring the Authority is able to deliver its objectives.

Employee engagement strategy:

Over the next five years we will develop and implement an employee engagement strategy, enabling us to: 

  • Effectively communicate

Excellent employee relations seek to gain stakeholder commitment to the achievement of the Authority’s goals and objectives in an ongoing changing environment. By adopting a clear and transparent approach, coupled with effective communication channels, employees will not feel like they have been kept in the dark and will feel more inclined to participate in shaping the future of the Service through constructive dialogue with their managers.

  • Move towards local terms and conditions

The Corporate Plan approved by the Authority in June 2015 sets out an intention to move towards local terms and conditions of service to support demand and risk-led people resourcing.

This change is understandably going to be a concern for some employees, who have never experienced this type of change before. From an employee relations perspective it is important that such change ensures employees are involved as much as possible throughout this process. We are committed to delivering these changes in a way that optimises resilience and instills confidence in our people.

  • Reward our people

It is only right that employees who perform well are recognised for doing so. This is why in future we will see more recognition of the good work that is done throughout the Service. After all, it is the team work that is making the people who live, work and travel in Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes the safest in England.

  • Ensure accountability

Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority is a publicly accountable body which manages Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service on behalf of the communities it serves. Members make decisions on policy, finance and resources.

Underpinning everything the Authority does is a set of values which is aspirational for all employees where they engage with others; be it with the public, partner agencies or colleagues. These values embrace: Service to the community, People, Diversity and Improvement.

  • Embrace employee involvement

We know how important it is to establish and maintain an environment where every employee has the information required to undertake his or her role effectively and efficiently through appropriate communication channels.

Consultation and engagement at every level will build and reinforce effective working relationships with staff, trade unions and staff representatives, empowering people to put forward good ideas, make improvements and ensure the Authority is able to deliver its objectives.

  • Build trust

Positive employee involvement is crucial to building trust within this Service. This is why the Senior Management Team (SMT) is promoting an open and honest culture from the top down. If people understand why there is a change happening and trust their managers and colleagues, they will feel more inclined to get involved and have their say. This will lead to better decision making and the ability for all employees to shape their futures for the better.