Committed employees are the backbone of every institution. In order to provide them with optimal support during the pandemic year 2020, SFIVET management took various steps. In May, for example, a new contact point was created on the intranet for all matters relating to teleworking. A website was also set up with content intended to provide inspiration, entertainment and variety to employees working from home. In addition, a contact person was designated to handle emergencies even outside normal working hours.
Since June 2020, the Care Centre has been offering all employees advice and support in the event of work-related or personal problems. The Care Centre also acts as an interface with social insurance offices.
SFIVET attaches great importance to gender equality, diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities. In 2020, SFIVET management adopted a new set of guidelines on inclusive language. The guidelines raise awareness among all employees of the need to consider their own use of language. They also provide suggestions on respectful language for everyday use.
SFIVET partnered with the Swiss Centre for Upper-Secondary Education (ZEM CES) to launch a new AMELIA mentoring programme for women in August 2020. This programme combines individual mentoring with professional development and networking events and encourages participants to take on leadership responsibilities.
During the first lockdown, it became apparent that working conditions posed major challenges for employees. The concerns in this regard have already been taken into account in teleworking guidelines. The employee survey conducted by SFIVET management in September had a very high response rate of nearly 81% and showed that job satisfaction at SFIVET is high despite the difficult conditions caused by the pandemic. The results also confirm that employees identify strongly with SFIVET and that many of them are very enthusiastic about their work. However, the survey results also show a need for action. At the management meeting held in November 2020, possible action points were discussed and initial measures formulated for subsequent elaboration in 2021. SFIVET employees were given online presentations in December to inform them of the results and subsequent steps to be taken.