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Employee networks have always been a key part of working life at Aberdeen City Council. They help bring people together from all across our organisation to champion specific topics, represent the needs of our diverse employee community, and work together to deliver shared goals. As our Council and City transforms and evolves, we continue to need these groups and the goodwill and hard work of the individuals that make them up.

So this page introduces the different employee networks that exist across Aberdeen City Council, so that you can join in on a different aspect of Council life that you might not experience in your day-to-day job, meet new people and make a difference.

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There are two main types of employee networks at Aberdeen City Council. Take a look at the kind of work they get involved in below...

Employee Engagement Groups

These groups bring together people who want to communicate and represent the views of their colleagues. They provide feedback and challenge on corporate initiatives, sharing their ideas and experiences. They are committed to bringing back information to the people they represent and to make sure their views are heard at group meetings. 

The groups may also support internal events, activities, initiatives, communications and promotions.

There are no specific skills required to join these groups – only a desire to improve communication and engagement for all employees. 

Employee Working Groups

These groups exist to deliver specific short, medium or long-term projects that may require them to have particular skills, or to develop these in others. 

There is likely to be some skill development required for participants, which are they are then expected to use to progress the project and to share these with others, through training, mentoring and coaching.

The groups support our people to adapt to change and use their expertise and experience to drive changes which improve the services we provide to the city and each other.  

Opportunities to get involved

Employee Engagement Groups

Employee Working Groups

Improvement Advisers Network

This is a network of people who have undertaken Quality Improvement training and build capacity through delivering training and share learning across the Community Planning Partnership

Appreciative Inquiry

Members of this group are trained in a technique called 'Appreciate Inquiry' and use this technique to explore into the Guiding Principles.

The first group are exploring our 5th Guiding Principle: We value each other and recognise a job well done.

Mental Health First Aiders

What it's all about

Equally Safe at Work

The purpose of the group is to plan and undertake the required work in relation to this 1-year pilot employer accreditation programme. The programme is concerned with addressing gender equality and violence against women.

Customer Service Accreditation

This group exists to advocate, and be a source of knowledge, on the We CARE Charter & Commitments.

Digital Champions

What it's all about

FAQs

If you are – or someone you manage is – interested in joining one of the above groups, you might have some questions on your mind. Here are some questions other people have asked. You can add your own through the form below. 

Does I need permission before joining a group? 

How much time will it take? 

I’m a manager of someone who wants to join a group – how is this relevant to their day-to-day job? We’re very busy. 

What about fairness to other team members? 

Please use this form to ask a question or join one of the above groups.

FYI

To support these groups to achieve their objectives, a representative from each of these employee networks takes part in an Engagement Co-ordinators group.

This groups shares best practice, provides challenge, feedback and insights, representative of the groups they co-ordinate.

This group meets on a regular basis to share best practice and identify key issues to raise with the Corporate Management Team. Attendance at these meetings can be shared and rotated amongst different sub-group members, ensuring steady representation of each sub-group and distribution of influence.

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