Good to see the HR team at Tameside Council in Greater Manchester really adding value.
Guru received a press release about the council encouraging its staff to get some fresh air at lunchtimes with the launch of ‘Urbanwalks’. The six walks start from the council’s offices with each employee receiving a leaflet containing maps along with walking ‘tips’.
You put one foot in front of the other; repeat several hundred times…
Two members of the HR team have apparently been trained as ‘walk leaders’ to lead staff, a la the Pied Piper, on their merry way.
The council’s ‘wellbeing champion’ (sigh) Christine Wroe said: “The initial feedback has been great and we are hoping now the weather is improving (possibly meaning it only rains 4 days a week instead of 5) that even more people will use their maps to take a walk and discover a part of town that they maybe didn’t know existed.”
Guru reckons that perhaps the HR team’s time might be better served in training its staff in health and safety and risk assessment procedures after the council was fined almost £50,000 last week following a serious injury to a young boy.
This is also the same HR team that was in the news recently for offering workers unpaid leave if they want to have cosmetic surgery such as boob jobs, liposuction or face lifts.
The concept of strategic HR clearly hasn’t yet made it to the north-west of England.