‘Onboarding’ New Staff at UKZN
The Human Resources Division hosted a two-day Onboarding Workshop aimed at familiarising new members of staff with the University.
Executive Director of Human Resources, Ms Avril Williamson, outlined UKZN Values and the Employment Value Proposition.
Williamson, who has been with the University for just over four months, took the new recruits through the REACH campaign which underscores Respect, Excellence, Accountability, Client Orientation and Honesty.
She encouraged staff to ‘deliver on what you promise’ and to maintain high standards when interacting with colleagues, students and members of the public.
Manager: HR Development, Mr Michael Cloete, spoke about ethical conduct, encouraging staff to refer to relevant policies such as the procurement and finance procedures before accepting extravagant gifts. Cloete also recommended that employees contact their Line Manager, Procurement or Finance to ensure they follow the correct procedures.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and the Head of the College of Law and Management Studies, Professor John Mubangizi, standing in for the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, outlined the strategic vision of the University and highlighted some of UKZN’s recent accomplishments, including rankings, research and influential alumni.
The workshop, arranged by HR Development’s Mr Russel Mnguni, also featured presentations by the acting Registrar, Mr Baatile Poo, on the University’s organisational structure; the Dean of Research, Professor Urmilla Bob, on managing research funds, research ethics and research productivity, and the Director of Teaching and Learning, Mr Rubby Dunpath, on the Teaching and Learning Unit.
Remuneration Consultant, Mr Vincent Mbukwana, took staff through the basic conditions of service and Principal Officer of the UKZN Medical Aid, Ms Philippa Hempson, discussed the medical aid organaisation, while Fund Officer, Ms Sharron Lessing, advised staff about retirement.