In determining an operating culture, the University of Fort Hare Human Resources commits itself to the concept of value add.
It becomes essential to articulate an identifiable and measurable interpretation of value in the context of the Human Resources Environment.
The adopted value proposition "Employer of Choice" is therefore to be defined in terms of the contribution that is made towards the attainment of:
This will enable the University employees to live out the vision and the values of the university and at the same time achieving their personal goals. The strategic employee initiatives addressing the above are categorised inter alia, under:
To meet the demands of the identified focus areas for the Human Resources Department, attention will be focused on the following four critical elements in the planning exercise:
Values and Beliefs
The identification of the Human Resources focus areas and the key enablers (above) that Human Resources wishes to adopt in the execution of its function, creates the equivalent of a structure within which the Human Resources employees shall operate. The delivery of service by the Human Resources team to their customers will be significantly influenced by the prevailing culture within the Human Resources department. The adopted values and beliefs will effectively determine the internal operating culture and it is therefore obvious that these values and beliefs should be understood and adopted by all current and future members of the Human Resources team. As the prevailing culture and the institutional strategy are not static this area too shall be review regularly.
Charter of Ethical Principles and Values
The Human Resources Department of the University of Fort Hare commits itself to the promotion of the university's self-disciplining "Charter of Ethical Principles and Values" (below), which sets the benchmark for levels of civility, as part of executing its responsibilities:
In lumine tuo videbimus lumen
Fort Hare University will always be the crucible where many of the critical ideas on South Africa's democracy, liberation, reconciliation and forgiveness germinated, grew and strengthened and from where it eventually reverberated throughout the country, the continent of Africa and around the globe. The Charter therefore naturally resonates with the principles and values that underlie the Freedom Charter, the South African Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
The University of FortHare Community:
Inspired by the heritage of the University and the contribution it has made to leadership, liberation and service to humanity;
Accepting that the purposes of education include the realization of our humanity as well as responsibility to the self, family and community;
Recognizing that in the pursuit of truth and knowledge, the University, as an institution of higher learning, shall maintain in all that it does an unwavering focus on excellence.
Affirming that a crucial role of education is to instill in learners respect, tolerance and social responsibility in an environment of academic freedom, dialogue, friendship and understanding;
Hereby accepts this Charter and commits itself to living by and promoting the principles and values listed below:
Principles and Values