EC launches sweeping reform of its HR functionOn 7 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Internal communications are playing a vital role in driving forward amassive reform programme at the European Commission, following allegations ofmismanagement and fraud during the 1999 scandal. Staff are being consulted on proposals to reform the HR function, includingthe modernisation of the pay system, changes to the career structure andincreased rights to flexible working. Restrictive categorisation of staff, based on educational achievement, madeit difficult for employees to progress. A new promotion structure will bedeveloped based on performance. Allowances are being increased to help with childcare, rights to flexibleworking, part-time working and teleworking are being extended, and family leavewill be lengthened. The commission aims to put a greater focus on equalopportunities and increase the training budget. The HR reforms are among a number of changes introduced after the previouscommission was forced to resign in March 1999 when an independent reportcriticised its working practices. David Bearfield, head of the internal communications group for the EuropeanCommission, said although huge changes had taken place in the commission, HRhad been untouched for 40 years. He stressed that internal communications were vital in facilitating thereform process. “We’re here to enable the reform process to happen and to allow it tohappen with staff and not just something that’s a top-down process that peoplefind out about through newspapers. We want to facilitate an open reform processwhere people can play a role,” he said. A reform site was set up on the commission’s intranet, which received160,000 hits a day. www.europa.eu.intBy Katie Hawkins Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.