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Getting The Most From Your Employee Handbook

The People and Culture Office is pleased to introduce you to your Employee Handbook. This handbook brings together the information you need to know on how you can contribute to the Parliament, and what you can expect in return. So, whether you’re new to your role or have been here for a while, it’s important that you read and understand the content of this handbook and refer to it when you need to throughout your time with us.


As an organisation occupying a high profile position and utilising public funds, the Scottish people expect the best from us and we expect the best from you. During the course of your time here, you’ll be recognised for your personal contributions and your manager will assess your performance against clearly defined, fair and consistent standards. To enable you to do your most-fulfilling work, to the highest of standards, we’ll provide you with the support and development you’ll need to do your job, as well as the opportunities to learn new skills and progress your career. In turn, we expect you to act to the highest professional standards, both towards your colleagues and towards the organisation as a whole.  


This handbook, along with our policies and your contract of employment, is your essential guide. It provides a short introduction to the history of the Parliament and explains how the parliamentary service is organised to deliver its purpose. It describes the values to which the parliamentary staff aspire, including our professional standards, and the standards that guide our own behaviour and our relations with our colleagues.  You’ll find that a number of sections within this handbook provide summaries of our policies and procedures and you’ll be directed towards the full information and contacts for further help. 


The content of this handbook is non-contractual and it may be necessary for us to change it as we revise our policies. If there is any inconsistency between this handbook and your contract, the terms of your contract will take precedence.


Finally, in this handbook 'we', ‘us’ and ‘our’ refer to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB). You can read more about the SPCB in the next section, "Who We Are".

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