Enabling excellence

I was pleased to see so many of you at the Human Resources Strategy Forum on Monday 23 February. CERN needs a new HR strategy, one that responds to the needs of the Organization and reflects the policy of the new management. We need an approach that ensures that we have the right people in the right places at the right time. And for that, we need your input. At the Forum, Enrico Chiaveri and Anne-Sylvie Catherin spoke of the eight initiatives that HR plans to implement to drive the new strategy forward.

Today, I’d like to focus on the first initiative, a staff member survey. We’re doing this because your opinions matter. The Staff Association has conducted surveys in the past, and for this I’m grateful: their surveys already allow us to take the pulse of CERN opinion, and I am pleased that the Staff Association has been involved in this initiative from the start.

The fact that we’re carrying out this survey with the help of an external partner, the Université Lumière, Lyon 2, makes it different from those that have gone before. By doing so, we are gaining in expertise in the field, and we are ensuring full objectivity. We have ambitious goals for this survey, and it is my wish that it help us to launch new actions, driving change in our HR policy. You can find out more in the interview with Enrico Chaveri in this issue of the Bulletin.

In Chamonix, the CERN community came together to produce a credible plan for restarting and running the LHC. It’s a plan that all concerned have bought into, and that’s why I’m confident that it will work. Now it’s the turn of HR: we can only implement change with your support, so I strongly encourage you to take the opportunity of the staff survey to make your voice heard, and to ensure that CERN’s HR strategy is one that each and every one of us can support.

Rolf-Dieter Heuer

You can also read the interview with Enrico Chiaveri , Head of the HR Department.