Thank you for showing an interest in working for Kirklees Council. We want everyone who works with us to enjoy working here and provide the best possible services to our communities.
Why we need behaviours
We want you to enjoy working here and provide the best possible services to our communities.
We know that kind, positive employees, who work well with their colleagues in a flexible way are those who are most productive and therefore will help us achieve our goals.
By demonstrating the behaviours we have said we would like to see in our colleagues, we can create a great place to work.
What we mean by behaviour
Behaviours demonstrate the attitudes and approach we take to our work. They are:
- How we do things
- How we treat each other
- What we say and how we say it
- How we expect to be treated
- How we work together
- Our approach to our work
It's basically treating others as they would wish to be treated - with dignity.
Behaviour and expectation levels
- Level 1 - for all employees in any role
- Level 2 - for supervisors, first line managers and those who are on Grades 8 to 12. It includes Level 1
- Level 3 - for middle and senior managers and those on Grade 13 and above, it includes Levels 1 and 2
How they work
We have six behaviours for every member of staff, no matter where you work in the Council. Each behaviour is divided into three levels with scripts describing them.
The six core behaviours are:
|All Employees||Supervisor and First Line Manager (plus G8-G12)||Middle and Senior Manager (plus G13 and above|
|I take responsibility for my own development because I want to be the best I can be.||I encourage people to learn and grow. I actively support||I champion a culture of learning throughout the organisation|
|I’m a can do person. I take responsibility for my own work and I support colleagues when needed so we get the job done.||I empower people because I give them clarity about what I expect||I acknowledge the leadership responsibility I hold and operate with a high degree of integrity and trust|
|I’m not perfect but I model the behaviours most of the time||I set a good example by role modelling the behaviours every day||I role model and champion the behaviours within the Council and when representing the Council externally|
|I build good working relationships across the council. We are one team.||I collaborate with teams both inside and outside the Council so that together we achieve agreed outcomes||I build positive relationships with partners and all our services to create connections across the whole system|
|I am proud to work for the Council. I care about the difference we make for local people.||What is important to local people is important to me. I understand the political context and how we are accountable.||I work well with citizens and politicians to manage expectations and achieve the best outcomes for local people|
|I am creative, I look for ways to support people to do more for themselves and each other||I manage change every day. I work hard to take people with us on our journey to New Council||I set out and communicate clearly the long term vision, outcomes and expectations|
|I take positive steps to manage my wellbeing and will seek support when needed||I manage performance all year round and always do appraisals||I have strong national and regional networks. I bring in new ideas and ways of working|
|I don't whinge – it’s not about them it's about all of us. I always aim to be productive and I do what I can to help the Council save money||I manage and support people really well. I value the diverse contributions they each bring to the team||I value the knowledge, expertise and contributions of all staff. I draw on service specialists to increase understanding and maximise opportunities|
|I show initiative and offer my thoughts on how we can do things differently, but I respect that others have greater responsibility than I do||I am part of leading team Kirklees, problems are for us to solve together||I am prepared to take difficult decisions and accept responsibility when I make mistakes|
|I keep up to date with new ways of working so I have the knowledge and skills to do my job well||I deliver on time and on budget and my staff do too||I encourage creativity and experimentation. I find ways to unblock and minimise red tape to get things done|
|I treat people with dignity and respect. I understand that different perspectives add value to what we do||I have an approachable style. My staff feel able to talk to me about issues impacting on them at work||I am accessible and visible to the wider workforce because relationships matter to me|