Human resources management and training

Compilation of good practices in statistical offices

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The Conference of European Statisticians (CES) at its plenary session in 2006 conducted a seminar on human resources and training in statistical offices. The seminar concluded that human resources and training are crucial elements for the successful fulfilment of the mission of the offices and that there was a need to continue the exchange of experience in the area of human resources and training. Hence, as a follow-up to the CES seminar, workshops on human resources management and training (HRMT) were organised in 2008, 2010 and 2012 where HRMT issues were discussed. This paper takes a forward looking approach and provides an outline of the future challenges in the area of HRMT for statistical offices. It also on the discussions at the workshop in 2012 and incorporates issues that were raised by countries, as well as information collected through a survey to CES member countries on their practices and plans in HRMT.



Statistics Finland’s personnel survey

Statistics Finland’s policy on human resources development is laid out in its Operational Strategy and Policy outlines of personnel strategy. The Personnel Survey is both a strategic measure and a tool that Statistics Finland has been using since 1998. The Survey itself and the exploitation of its results have been developed in long-term co-operation between the agency’s management, human resources management and trade unions. The electronic inquiry is comprised of a section of questions (from the Ministry of Finance Barometer Survey) which facilitates comparisons with other central government organisations, and a section of Statistics Finland’s own questions. The annually conducted Survey can be supplemented with topical, thematic questions. The theme studied in 2012 was securing competence in change situations. As a strategic measure the job satisfaction index describes the personnel’s satisfaction with leadership, contents and challenges of work, remuneration, development opportunities, work atmosphere and co-operation, working conditions, flow of information and employer image.


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