No longer pining for the fjords.
The last rites for the unpopular management reporting tool were performed at CSIRO’s recent ‘Strategy Start-Up Forum’ which brought together 270 staff to examine the organisation’s newly announced five year strategy.
In an email to CSIRO staff, Deputy Chief Executive Craig Roy confirmed the demise of effort logging.
Describing the decision in keeping with the themes of “empowerment, trust and risk taking.. the group agreed to put an immediate end to effort logging.”
“Yes… effort logging is gone,” Mr Roy said.
Victory for staff
Staff Association Secretary Sam Popovski welcomed the move.
“Rest in Peace, effort logging. Although it’s fair to say there won’t be too many tears shed by CSIRO staff upon hearing the news.
“More seriously, this is a victory for staff and common sense. The Staff Association has led the campaign to reform or remove effort logging since 2008.
“For many staff, effort logging has long been a byword for senseless bureaucracy and red tape at the expense of time better spent on science and research,” Mr Popovski said.
The reporting tool had been the subject of work bans for the past four months since Staff Association members began protected industrial action to defend CSIRO working conditions.
“It’s hard to say whether the Staff Association bans on effort logging led directly to its demise. The truth is that effort logging was a time consuming, deeply flawed system with obvious defects,” Mr Popovski said.
“In the context of enterprise agreement negotiations, we’d encourage management to consider the removal of effort logging as a productivity saving and stop targeting the working conditions and rights of CSIRO staff.”
What happens next
“As recently as 2012, management’s own staff survey revealed that more than a third of respondents said that to boost CSIRO’s capacity to innovate, operating efficiency need to be improved through creating simpler processes and by reducing the administrative burden on scientists,” Mr Popovski said.
“Therefore it’s crucial that if management intend to introduce a replacement system, it must be developed and implemented with genuine staff consultation.
“CSIRO staff must spend more time on supporting great science and research rather than being tied up in management red tape,” Mr Popovski said.
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