HR Strategy for Researchers
In 2011 the ISSBS pledged to prepare an institutional human resources strategy in accordance with "The European Charter for Researchers" (Charter) and "The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers" (Code). The faculty recognises itself in the principles and guidelines set out in these documents and supports their implementation since research activities represent an important part of its overall activities and strategic orientations.
“The European Charter for Researchers” (Charter) and “The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers” (Code) are European Commission (EC) recommendations outlining general principles for the introduction and conduct of human resource practices in relation to researchers and their employers. They stress the importance of systematically open recruitment, meeting the social security needs of mobile researchers, providing attractive employment and working conditions, and enhancing researchers’ training, skills and experience.
The “Human Resources Strategy for Researchers” is a mechanism facilitating research institutions' implementation of the Charter & Code, and is put into action on a completely voluntary basis. It is based on institutional self-assessment with full respect for the autonomy of the institution; simple and light, non-bureaucratic and flexible, and recognises a variety of situations regarding relations between the institution and its researchers. The document is transparent and provides easy, publicly accessible information on the measures taken by the undersigned institution to implement the Charter and Code principles.
The ISSBS wishes to contribute to the EC’s efforts to create a common research area and a single labour market for researchers, encourage the mobility of researchers, and enhance the attractiveness of a research career. It will work towards the creation of quality working conditions for researchers, introducing opportunities for their personal and professional development and ensuring the stability of their social security status. The ISSBS wants to be recognised as an employer who is aware of the importance of its researchers and other employees and takes good care of them.
Aims of implementing the human resources strategy for researchers
With the implementation of the human resources strategy for researchers the ISSBS aims to:
- strengthen the international orientation of its research activities,
- improve its visibility in the international research community,
- provide a more attractive work environment for foreign and domestic researchers,
- ensure a greater internal and external credibility of the institution and its research activities in relation to public authorities and the general public,
- become integrated into and even more actively participate in the international research community.
Steps in strategy implementation
The strategy is based on the preliminary internal analysis of the ISSBS research environment which took place in the period from October 2011 to February 2012. Moreover, ISSBS implemented self-evaluation analysis of its research environment in the period from February 2014 to September 2014. The data for both analyses was gathered through interviews with the head of Research Unit, Associate Dean, Director and Dean of the faculty, as well as through examination of faculty's key legal documents. The strategy preparation consisted of the following steps:
1) Execution of interviews and examination of key legal documents, start of processes in October 2011.
2) Preparation of the strategy based on the acquired data. The strategy consists of two documents – the Human Resources Strategy itself and the Action Plan.
3) Approval of both documents by the ISSBS Senate on 10. 5. 2012.
4) Translation and proofreading of documents.
5) Publishing of both documents on the ISSBS’s website and their dissemination.
6) Sending of the adopted documents to the EC for approval.
7) Collection of data for ISSBS self-evaluation of the adopted Action Plan, start of processes in February 2014.
8) Preparation of 1st Self-assessment Report of the ISSBS Human Resource Strategy for Researchers.
9) Approval of self-assessment report by ISSBS Committee for Scientific-Research Work on 12. 9. 2014.
10) Proofreading of the self-assessment report.
11) The renewal of ISSBS Human Resources Strategy for Researchers 2012-2016 based on findings of the self-assessment report.
12) Approval of both documents by the ISSBS Senate on 30. 9. 2014.
13) Publishing of 1st Self-assessment Report and the renewed Strategy on ISSBS website (dissemination).
14) Sending of adopted documents to the EC for approval.
Responsibility for strategy implementation and evaluation
The ISSBS is responsible for the implementation of the strategy and for its continuous improvements due to changes in its research environment. The strategy has therefore been evaluated internally in 2014. The external evaluation will follow in 2016.
The renewed action plan based on 1st Self-Assessment Report
Action Plan focuses on promotion of research primarily through measures, which relate to human resources and their development. Special attention is paid to the following actions:
1) Improving research conditions for domestic and foreign researchers in their early career or/and for young researchers. This is related especially to the infrastructure and up-to-date information needed for successful work.
2) Providing learning opportunities for all ISSBS researches (providing international opportunities through mobility programmes, organising special research-related seminars, inviting foreign experts for lecturing and/or cooperation activities, etc.).
3) Enabling career movements within the institution, which might be related to either research or teaching possibilities.
4) Encouraging foreign researchers to cooperate with ISSBS and involving them in various domestic and international research projects.
5) Providing the continuation of research work after completion of (post)doctoral studies (especially in sense of transition into regular employment).
6) Promoting the transfer of knowledge from ISSBS to practice (e.g. businesses) and vice versa. Such activities include joint work of ISSBS, (regional) businesses, development agencies, incubators, etc. on organising special events (e.g. conferences, roundtables, etc.).
The renewal of ISSBS Human Resources Strategy for Researchers with its renewed Action Plan have been drawn up on the basis of initial Strategy and Action Plan from year 2012, as well as by taking into account the Charter and Code. The internal analysis has been conducted through interviews and document analyses, which revealed the state of progress from 2012 to 2014.