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The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

Fondazione Bruno Kessler has joined and initiated the process of endorsement for The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R), a series of steps to obtain European certification for excellence in HR services.

In October 2016, the Foundation officially communicated to the European Commission its commitment to implementing an HRS4R, and, in particular, a human resources strategy that would:

  • promote the professional development of researchers  throughout their careers
  • recognize the value of geographical and interdisciplinary mobility as a strategic asset to strengthen scientific knowledge and enhance the professional development of researchers;
  • encourage researchers to pursue the goals set out in the Charter, implementing them during the course of their profession

At this stage, following the issue of the questionnaire to the Research staff and the results of the internal analysis (Phase 1), the Foundation is preparing the Human Resources Strategy Plan, which will be submitted by October 18, 2017 to European Commission.

In particular, the improvement actions on which the action plan will be set up are accountability, dissemination, evaluation / appraisal systems, career development, access to career advice, namely the five areas that have received a lower agreement from the internal survey.

The initiative stems from the will to implement throughout the organization the European Charter of Researchers and the Code of Conduct, the set of principles and guidelines in support of all researchers at every stage of their career (recruitment, working and social security conditions, professional and ethical aspects, training). In particular

  • Freedom of scientific research
  • Observance of ethical principles
  • Professional and financial accountability
  • Effort to disseminate and enhance achieved results
  • Commitment to continuous professional growth
  • Recognition of the profession of all researchers
  • Prohibition of all kinds of discrimination
  • The guarantee of a stimulating research environment, flexible working conditions, stability and continuity of employment, fair and attractive funding and wages

 

The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers: What Is It

The certification process is voluntary and open to all research organizations and funders who intend to commit themselves to concretely implement the 40 principles enshrined in the European Charter of Researchers and the Code of Conduct, integrating a strategy for managing and developing human resources within the broadest mission of the organization.

The certification process consists of 5 steps.

1 - The Foundation initiates an internal analysis to the end of comparing its operational practices with the principles listed in the Charter and in the Code. The analysis is conducted by topic areas and concerns:

    • Professional and ethical aspects
    • Recruitment procedures
    • Work and social security conditions
    • Training

    The internal analysis is carried out by submitting to the Foundation's researchers, tecnologist and PhD students a questionnaire to assess their level of agreement with each of the listed statements in order to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the Foundation's policies when compared to the Principles set out in the Charter.

    2 - Based on the results of the internal analysis, the Foundation then prepares its own Human Resources Strategy by developing an action plan (which will be available for consultation on the FBK website), with which it undertakes to bridge any gaps that might have emerged from the internal analysis by aligning with the principles of the Charter and the Code and, more generally, improving its performance in terms of human resources management and development.

    3- The action plan is submitted to the European Commission for assessment. In the case of a positive evaluation, it releases the Foundation an Acknowledgment for the Foundation's effort and commitment that entitles it to use the HR Excellence in Research logo. This acknowledgment certifies that the Foundation is a positive and favorable environment for researchers, guarantees fair and transparent recruitment and evaluation, offers career development and professional growth.
    4- After two years, the Foundation is required to carry out an internal evaluation to verify the progress and implementation of the Human Resources Strategy Action Plan.

    5- Finally, the European Commission conducts an external evaluation every three years to check the progress of the implementation of the action plan and on the goals actually achieved by the Foundation compared with those set out in the HR Strategy.

     

    HR4S process

    Last updates: 08.08.2017