Prospect Trust Audits
Professor Rosalind Searle (PI), Dr. Charis Rice and Dr. Ann-Marie Nienaber
Trust is an important organisational resource, enhancing commitment, identification and citizenship. Distrust, in contrast, increases turnover and can escalate counterproductive behaviours including sabotage, theft and bullying. Yet there is only rudimentary knowledge about the trust levels in different parts of organisation. Working with the Trade Union Prospect, this project improves awareness of how and why trust matters to employers by examining using new trust audit tool HR systems and key relationships. Creating a deep dive into an organisation using results from surveys, interviews and focus groups, bespoke reports are devised showing levels and sources of trust and distrust, as well as opportunities for employers to benchmark and learn from others.
This project is based on 4* publications from the team on trust and HR, and trust and control. In addition to contributing to the development of original academic knowledge, it enhances the understanding of stakeholder trust for employing organisations. As a result it offers information that can inform organisations strategic and organisational development through identifying the levels and range of trust and distrust issues they face. As a result it can lead to better targeting of resources and strategies to address the distinct and significant issues an employer can face. Participating organisations work together with the team to deliver workshops for their executives and HR teams, as well as at employee conferences to allow the sharing of the data collected and to create more informed business plans.
A broader impact includes an invited workshop delivered at the annual conferences of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development on 9th Nov 2016 entitled: Trust in the Face of Change and Uncertainty. This workshop was delivered by Prof. Rosalind Searle and the Auditor General of Wales, who discussed his organisation’s work with the team.
The project and its participating organisations will take part in an event hosted by Prospect in Spring 2017 that will enable the sharing of the results of the work across a wider range of employers and trade unions.
Everyday Resistance of Kashmiris, Kurds And Palestinians: Countering Domination via Nonviolent Means
This conference will explore the power of everyday resistance among Kurds, Kashmiris and Palestinians and the different shapes and forms this takes locally and transnationally. People of Kashmir, Kurdistan and Palestine have a long history of resistance and they have shown many examples of what James Scott called “weapons of the weak”. In all three contexts, it is possible to find examples of nonviolent collective and individual actions which have deep symbolic and ideological underpinnings. Often everyday resistance practices intersect with organized political collectives that are much more visible than the typically subtle repertoires of everyday resistance.
Refugee resettlement: global dynamics, local challenges
Around 22.5 million people around the world have been displaced across international borders by armed conflict, persecution or human rights violations. UNHCR estimates that two thirds of this population have been living in long-term, protracted displacement. For this Breakfast Briefing, Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre with the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations invite you to a discussion on the global dynamics and local challenges of refugee resettlement. We will ask; what is it like to be a refugee undergoing resettlement?
Grassroots to Global: Development from Below
The Global Development Research Group at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University is pleased to announce a call for papers for their forthcoming academic conference entitled “Grassroots to Global: Development from Below”. This one-day conference will bring together academics, practitioners and policy-makers from across disciplines, focusing on development practice at grassroots level and implications for global development discourse.
The Big Question: What has Grenfell Tower taught us about housing, racism and social justice?
The inferno that engulfed the Grenfell Tower was a personal disaster for the many who lost their friends and families. The subsequent analysis and media frenzy highlighted issues of housing, social justice and racism. In a city celebrated for its diversity and social liberalism but which is polarised by race and class, poor working class and communities of colour appear to have been corralled into the worst housing in a global city in the 21st century.