Rapid rise from ashes for university HR department

City
University’s HR team managed to restore full operations just two days after a
fire almost completely destroyed the department.

The
department was situated two floors below where Monday night’s fire started. It was
flooded by fire-fighters and a burst water pipe.

The
nine-strong team is now working out of one of the student’s computer units.

The
fire devastated much of the building’s fifth floor, including the journalism
department and caused between £2 million and £6 million worth of damage.

The
HR team had saved all records on the main computer server, and were able to
call them up the next day.

“We
are now almost fully operational, I have been issuing contracts today [Friday],
which is a great achievement. I thought that it would take us two to three
weeks, not two to three days, said Daphne Bates, City University’s HR manager.

www.city.ac.uk

By Paul Nelson

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