We have gone through the first six months of the HRS4R implementation (Human Resources Strategy for Researchers, HR Award) and we are summarizing our main achievements for you.
Updated/new versions of the Faculty directives have been in cooperation with our faculty Work Group and Steering Committee and also with our researchers participating in the Researcher Focus Group – Opinion Makers, created for the pilot phase of the HR Award project. These include: System of Positions and Job Titles and Career Code for academic employees and researchers and Directive on a Recruitment Procedures at the Faculty of Science. These documents will be published at the beginning of July 2019 on the Faculty document server and shall be effective from January 1st, 2020. By the end of this year, the above-mentioned directives will also be created for non-academic and other employees.
At this point, let us express our gratitude to all colleagues involved in our workshops and sessions for their precious time, valuable suggestions, and cooperation.
In the area of development activities, MS Excel training has been made available to support staff, and we have created a Guide to Ph.D. studies. We also offer an option to borrow books on personal development in both Czech and English languages. Educational concepts are planned to be gradually extended with a special focus on early stage researchers.
You may have noticed our gradual implementation of bilingual internal communication at the Faculty so that announcements to all employees are distributed in English additionally to the Czech version.
Furthermore, the faculty framework for employees´ evaluation will be prepared, and a workshop for postdoctoral employees will be organized by the end of this year. We will also prepare practical guidelines for the recruitment process and a new process for Occupational Health and Safety training and documentation. We will also be contributing to the faculty website.
Even though our first implementation months have been rather analytical and conceptual, we believe that the changes we bring will be beneficial to the improvement of personal processes and better working environment. Your suggestions and feedback have been essential and are welcome in the future as well.
We are looking forward to further cooperation, and we wish all of you beautiful summer days.
Yours, SCI MUNI HR Award team
P.S. If you are interested in how other Czech institutions are successful in gaining the HR Excellence in Research, please visit Euraxess for a compete listing or see the article at the Horizon 2020 website (available in Czech only).