Getting the word out at Macquarie U

It must have been a tense weekend for staff waiting for word on workplace change proposals and for some anxious to learn whether they are accepted for voluntary redundancies

Interim DVC A Mariella Herberstein told staff in her end of week message that the university executive “needs a little more time to engage with the proposals in greater detail.” Announcements are now expected the end of next week.

As to departures, HR has worked hard to get letters to staff but Professor Herberstein warned that some people might not hear until today. “They are dealing with a long list of staff … it’s about the pipeline getting everything out.”

Professor Herberstein also mentioned “wellbeing activities” for the month, including Chinese calligraphy. This, a campus observer suggests, explains the delay in the voluntary redundancy letters, HR are still learning how to write letters in Chinese script.