Encouraging positive business relationships with customers and suppliers.
We have policies in place which:
Helping us to reduce our impact on the environment.
We are committed to keeping staff safe when travelling for business - minimising travel costs, and reducing the impact on the environment from business travel. This means reducing miles travelled and identifying methods of transport with lower carbon emissions per mile.
Our travel policy aims to provide employees with a consistent, disciplined and effective approach to business travel and related expenses, and to consider the environment before undertaking business travel.
A critical balance must be sought when requesting travel - the office's need for cost-effectiveness and an employee's need for quality services and support.
Encouraging us to have a positive impact on the people around us, locally and further afield.
Community - our interface with society (local, national and global).
Our workplace policies provide an environment in which staff can thrive, develop and feel valued.
Employment opportunities are advertised fairly and openly using an appropriate range of media; this will vary according to the level and specialism of the post. We also offer a limited number of work placements to sandwich-course students and vacation employment to A-level students and undergraduates.
An individual's contribution is assessed across three key areas:
The Professional Skills Frameworks define our career options, and many are affiliated to professional bodies and recognised skills sets. What an individual can achieve is down to them and how they apply themselves. We are committed to the training and development of all our employees and we have Investors in People status.
Considerable training and development opportunities are available, such as internal training courses and e-learning. Applications to gain financial support for further education courses leading towards recognised qualifications are also considered.
The normal working week for staff is 42 hours gross, including one-hour lunch breaks. Flexible working arrangements are open to all Met Office employees, subject to agreement with Line Managers. Alternative working patterns include:
We also offer special leave for public service/voluntary activities, e.g. voluntary unpaid public service.
As civil servants Met Office staff adhere to the Civil Service code. The code is available on the Civil Service website.
Staff who wish to raise matters of conscience or professional concern which are determined to be reasonable; qualify for protection under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA).
The Met Office expects, and requires, all its employees to observe high standards of personal honesty and integrity, and to ensure that all its business is carried out in a manner that conforms to the same high standards. Where staff have any reason to suspect that an offence of fraud, theft or financial irregularity has been committed, they must report their suspicions.
Met Office staff - and, where relevant, friends or relatives - should not be placed in a position where the offer of gift, reward, hospitality, loan or other consideration might suggest that the offer has placed the person, company or organisation offering the gift in a favourable position. If an individual has any doubts at all about the propriety, or perceived propriety, of accepting any gift, reward or hospitality then they should not do so. Regardless of whether the offer is accepted or rejected a record of it must be made.
Diversity helps to provide a workforce that is representative of society around us so that our work is relevant to the community and customers we serve.
The Met Office values ability, difference, openness, fairness and transparency. It does not discriminate on the grounds of race, disability, gender, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, family status, trade union membership or any other irrelevant factor.
We do this by:
The Met Office offers an Employee Assistance Programme provided by a professional counselling organisation with a wide range of clients crossing a variety of business sectors. The main points of their service to the Met Office are:
Staff also have access to a number of welfare and healthcare schemes, e.g. the Civil Service Benevolent Fund.
Incidence of harassment in the Met Office are extremely low. However, we are not complacent and remain committed to maintaining a working environment free from harassment. Volunteer Harassment Contact Officers:
The Met Office has a sports and social club (MOSSA), which all staff are eligible to join. It offers a vast variety of sports and activities, many at low cost compared with commercial alternatives. We are also a member of the Civil Service Sports Council.
Last updated: 15 February 2013