Ca’ Foscari strives to boost the potential of its faculty members and technical administrative staff by providing training activities and courses that support their professional growth and help develop their competency in various fields and interrelations. The University is committed to ensuring its career development and recruiting processes promote individual merit. It is also concerned with supporting those with family and parenting commitments, promoting the adoption of flexible employment schemes to allow employers to achieve a good family/work balance.
The University provides staff training to support the professional growth of its employees, the development of competencies and the quality performance of its services, as well as extending its organisational culture.
The Servizio Civile Nazionale (SCN) is an alternative civil service whose activities comply with the principles of solidarity, participation, inclusion and social utility. It also helps boost the employment of young people by offering all Italians aged between 18 and 28 the chance to become involved for 12 months in projects in various sectors (cultural, environmental, social and international cooperation).
Ca’ Foscari has hosted SCN activities for more than a decade now, thereby engaging young people in various fields of activity.
2015 saw the opening of the Personal Development Lab, a workshop that focuses on developing the emotional and social skills needed to improve professional performance. Those attending it included several middle managers. Training will be completed during 2016.
In 2015 Ca’ Foscari and the Evaluation Unit again repeated the survey into organisational wellbeing, started in 2014.
Staff surveys provide a major opportunity for acquiring useful data allowing us to monitor and improve out personnel policies, the way the University is organised and the general wellbeing of staff and faculty.
The Committee promotes various initiatives intended to ensure equal opportunities, puts in place safeguards to prevent discrimination on the basis of gender and/or sexual orientation, and provides support to victims of abuse. It is also intended to prevent mobbing taking place in the University.
In 2010, a Confidential Counsellor was appointed to help prevent all forms of abuse. The Counsellor supplies free advice and support to members of the Ca’ Foscari community who have experienced discrimination, abuse, injury to their dignity, or mobbing.
Ca’ Foscari undertakes to enter into special agreements with staff and faculty in order to improve their wellbeing outside of work.
More specifically, its activity in this sense concerns supporting family life, parenting, travelling to and from work, ease of training and the promotion of wellbeing, health and physical fitness.
Ca’ Foscari started its “Acquisition of Family&Work audit certification” project in September 2015. Approved by the Region of Veneto, this is a new investigation into innovative methods in the field of how work is organised at Ca’ Foscari.
Ca’ Foscari promotes research destined to have an impact on social and environmental issues. It supports this by attracting investment, enhancing existing skills and competencies, drawing on the results of previous University research.
To direct this research towards such cross-disciplinary themes is a commitment that Ca’ Foscari fully intends to pursue by increasing the number of its dedicated research projects and setting up research groups that address matters of great interest for society and embody the main challenges of our generation and those of future generations in order to encourage growth that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.
Six areas of research were identified in 2015 concerning issues known as Global Challenges, i.e. strategic, cross-disciplinary matters. These will be studied by interdisciplinary research groups conducting cutting-edge research in order to face the global challenges of today and the future, and so ensure sustainable development of technology and knowhow.
The six areas are: