Het Kompas asked colleagues if they supported the sentiment “I am proud of the work that I do”. Just like myself, most THUAS staff answered with a resounding “Yes”. I feel that pride every day when I enter one of our locations. This question received over four stars (4.32) out of five in the employee satisfaction survey.
Let’s be honest, 2017 was really a tough year. Just think of the messages about the vacancy measures, the anonymous letter and the dissatisfaction around the Teacher Education in Physical Education. Not everyone is happy. The General Council even used the word ‘crisis’. If I talk to colleagues, I hear both many good stories and worries and points for attention. Luckily, the outcomes of Het Kompas were more positive than I had expected on a number of points. Our current financial position is also stronger – thanks to the enormous efforts of everyone involved. 2018 will be the year in which we move forward and upward. I’m certain of this and will explain why later.
THUAS was rated over 6 by its staff. Het Kompas showed a 6.4 for general satisfaction. This may be quite a bit lower than last year (6.8 for the same question), but I had prepared myself for an even larger drop. The fabulous 7 for team cooperation is very positive. Despite the hassle, despite the intensive phase after the reorganisation and despite the financial challenges, everyone continued to work constructively to give our students a good education. To give much added value to companies and institutes with our research and our education.
I was particularly interested in the questions about social security. We strive for everyone at THUAS to feel free enough to express their concerns and opposition. I conclude that this is indeed the case in most places within THUAS: “I have enough social security within my own degree programme / organisational unit” received a 3.8 (out of 5), and “If I do not feel safe, I take the initiative to raise this issue with my supervisor” a 3.9. However, there are a few places in THUAS where the scores are substantially lower. We will make great efforts to restore the feeling of working in a safe environment.
Am I satisfied with Het Kompas outcomes? No, I’m not. The 6.4 of this year must be 7 next year. And this will not happen by itself. I expect that the choices we have made in the budget and the associated policy plans will bring more focus. The Hague University of Applied Sciences needs calm, clarity and order, to put it in an old fashioned way. Stability is needed to achieve our Institutional Plan after the reorganisation and the establishment of faculties; strong management is needed to keep us on the financial straight and narrow.
Leonard Geluk has been Chair of the Executive Board since 1 April 2014. Prior to this, he served as Alderman of Education for Rotterdam and Chairman of a regional training centre in Utrecht.