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The Human Resources Value Proposition

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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:

  • Commitment and motivation of employees;
  • Personal and career development;
  • Employee attraction and retention;
  • Team spirit and communication;
  • Adequate Skills Supply;
  • Results orientation; and
  • Culture change.

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:

  • Human Resource Development;
  • Motivating and enabling employees;
  • Improving employee productivity; and
  • Employment Equity.

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:

  • Human Resources Role Positioning
  • The Human Resources Department must understand, be equipped and communicate to the rest of the organisation, the roles it must fulfill.
  • The Human Resources structure must be aligned with the prevailing environment;
  • Human resources leadership must be visible; and
  • Response promptness to the needs of the customer.

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
In Thy light we see light

The University of Fort Hare recognizes that any institution or community is ultimately governed by norms, values and belief systems that reflect its distinctive identity, traditions and orientation.  The University believes that knowledge is a positive force only if integrated with values and that it should provide a nurturing context of strong ethical norms and principles.  In the absence of such values, knowledge could be a destructive force.  This Charter therefore presents the crucial value-framework that defines the ethos of Fort Hare.  It guides the University's Vision, Mission, Corporate Goals and Strategic Objectives.  It serves as a reference point for all its academic and administrative policies, programmes and procedures and it binds the entire university community by shared ethical principles and values.  The Charter is relevant to our rights and responsibilities, as Fort Harians, in relation to each other, the wider society and the environment.  Ultimately, it seeks to inspire all people to live with nobility, dignity and an active conscience.

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 Fort Hare Charter has grown out of an inclusive developmental process that involved the entire university community.  It offers to all its members the ethical principles and values listed below, in order to guide us on our journey of discovery, exploration and realization of our intellectual and unique human potentialities. Without such ethical guidelines all teaching, learning, research and community service are of little value.

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

  1. To ensure that the universal values of justice, integrity, discipline, love, kindness, non-injury and concern for the wellbeing of others shall serve as a source of our thought, speech and action.
  2. To respect and affirm the dignity, equality, freedom and rich cultural diversity of all human beings as the basis for peace and social justice.
  3. To commit ourselves to the pursuit of truth, intellectual honesty, openness to ideas and excellence through the attainment of the highest professional and ethical standards in teaching, learning, research and community service.
  4. To endorse and encourage the endeavour for academic success as being critically linked with the striving towards an ever deeper expression of our humanity.
  5. To uphold and honour the dignity of the University, to preserve its heritage, spirit and assets and to observe its statute, rules and regulations as well as the laws of the country.
  6. To encourage an orientation of imaginative, collaborative, problem-solving and entrepreneurial thinking in addressing the challenges that we face.
  7. As a staff member, to be a responsible, caring mentor in all dealings with our students and with each other.
  8. Not to discriminate, directly or indirectly, on the grounds of birth, race, colour, national, ethnic or social origin, gender, age, illness or disability, language, culture, political or other opinion, religion, conscience, belief, marital status, pregnancy or sexual orientation.
  9. To be ever conscious of the need to develop a responsible relationship with the earth and to understand our critical role to protect and preserve it for future generations.
  10. To undertake teaching and research that will responsibly harness the benefits of all the sciences for the well-being of humanity, being conscious of the harm inherent in the irresponsible use of knowledge.