In the world of Works Councils (OR is the abbreviation for the Dutch word for Works Council, ‘Ondernemingsraad’), ‘OR training’ is a widely used concept, although the concept is not just about training. In recent years, OR training has gradually turned into OR counselling. Or better still: ‘off-site team days’. After all, what is the difference between the work of the Works Council and what the management team does during their off-site team days?
Because the terms ‘OR off-site team days’ and to a lesser extent ‘OR coaching’ are not yet well established, we also still use the terms ‘OR training’ and ‘OR course’. But whatever we call it, it is ultimately about coaching and guiding the Works Council to achieve its best potential: realising a professionalisation of the Works Council.
Below we explain what this guidance of Works Councils at CT² entails.
counselling the Works Council
In our vision, employee participation is essential for every company and every employee. The Works Council often acts based on the Dutch Works Council Act (WOR), but that doesn’t have to be the only starting point. The chosen form of participation must fit in well with the organisation.
To achieve this and to ensure that the Works Council meets its goals, CT² has developed a unique concept in the Netherlands. The counselling of the Works Council at CT² preferably consists of a 3-step plan: the preliminary phase, the actual OR training and a follow-up session. The scope and depth of the pre-training and post-learning procedure are always related to the duration of the OR training.
OR training in 3 steps
The preliminary process includes a questionnaire that enables us to map out the many factors that influence the OR training. We use these results to customise the OR training.
The training itself is composed of predefined components that are closely aligned with the Works Council and the organisation.
Sometime after the OR training, when the Works Council has applied what has been learned, we conduct an evaluation meeting. We compare the results of this evaluation with the baseline measurement, making the results of the OR training measurable.
In addition to OR training courses, we offer various other forms of counselling specifically for Works Councils; take a look at the menu above. We further explain the steps of a tailor-made OR training below; click on the titles for more information.
transfer matrix Works Council course
Below is a graphic image of the CT² work method, showing an example of a transfer matrix for an OR course. This transfer matrix is a summary of the expectations of all parties involved.
Note: Please note that we are a Dutch organisation and that all our information is originally composed in Dutch. For the benefit of our English-speaking customers we have translated some of our online information. We are still in the process of translating even more of our information. It could therefore be that you will come across Dutch pages on CT2.nl. Please contact us if you would like more information.