Fairness In Employment

equal opportunities

Providing equality of opportunity in employment is among our most important goals and values.

We are committed to ensuring that, as a job applicant or an employee, individuals will not receive any less favourable treatment because of sex, marital or family status, age, ethnic origin, disability, race, colour, nationality, religion, or any other non job related factor.

Through our Equal Opportunities Policy and its implementation, we seek to ensure that the talents and skills of our employees are utilised to the full, to the benefit of the Council, its employees and service users.

listening to staff

At The Highland Council we recognise that the job satisfaction and personal development which people experience as a result of working for us has a direct impact on our capacity to deliver high quality services to the public.

In 2000 we commissioned MORI Scotland to conduct a survey of all employees  The survey highlighted strengths as well as areas for improvement. We then agreed a programme of actions arising from the survey in response to staff needs and concerns in order to complement wider staff development programmes. The results of the surveys guaged staff feedback on the progress made by this initiative and have shown very positive trends with improvement in all aspects surveyed.

policies and procedures

We have developed a range of policies and initiatives designed to improve staff health, welfare and training. These include: 

  • management of workload and stress levels, 
  • support for health promotion, 
  • the suitability of the workplace, 
  • improving the management of absence, 
  • supporting staff returning from ill-health and/or assisting with redeployment.