Otago Polytechnic

Otago Polytechnic is pleased to be recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading tertiary providers, and we are in no doubt who to thank – our exceptional staff.

Providing an environment where individuals can develop their lives and careers is at the heart of what we do, and this is as true for our staff as our students. We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining capable staff who are passionate, creative, future-focused and dedicated to meeting the needs of our learners and partners. We foster the leadership and communication skills that can make great ideas happen. As a research-active Polytechnic, we support staff to collaborate with others and explore their areas of interest. And as an organisation, we live our values. We act with integrity and are guided by:

  • Our respect for people
  • Our respect for the environment
  • Our respect for Kai Tahu as tangata whenua
  • Our engagement with our communities
  • Our willingness to be accountable.

We welcome and include everyone regardless of gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, religious or ethical beliefs or political opinions. 

Our values and culture, the benefits our staff receive and our commitment to creating the best possible working environment all contribute to an organisation where over 500 staff are proud to work.

 Our values and culture

The organisational culture we have and are building at Otago Polytechnic is:

Learner centred  

The needs of our learners come first and we do all we can to ensure their success.

Value led

We work in ways that make evident the OP values of:

> Caring – we are respectful, generous, welcoming and inclusive
> Responsibility – we do the right thing; we are accountable for meeting our commitments
> Partnerships – we strive to work and learn together
> Learning – we seek to learn from all that we do
> Excellence – we seek always to do our best; we set high expectations
> Sustainability - we practice sustainability for the best future for our communities and the environment.

Outcome focused

Reaching the desired levels of achievement for our learners is central to what we do.

Innovative, with an eye on the future

New ideas, new ways of working and purposeful risk taking are actively encouraged and supported.We provide great services for today but also look to what the needs of the learners of the future will be.

Continuously improving

We’re committed to on-going improvement of both our own practices and the systems and processes that we work with.We take ownership for  creating solutions when issues arise.

Service driven

We exceed the expectations of our learners, stakeholders, and colleagues who depend on us for their success.

Community minded. We

  • Work together and for each other
  • Lead by example and growing future capability
  • Recognise the value of working in teams 
  • Harness the strengths that diversity brings to Otago Polytechnic
  • Honour our commitment to the Māori Strategic Framework.

Enabling

We respect the experience and capabilities of others. We provide the environment for high performing individuals and teams to be self-managing.

 Work Environment Survey

We actively seek feedback from all staff members about their job, well-being, workload and overall work environment. Annually, we encourage all staff to participate in the Work Environment Survey (WES). From these results, we can establish what works, what we need to improve and what we need to change.

From the 2015 survey:

97% 96% 96% 99%
ARE PROUD TO
WORK AT OP
ARE SATISFIED AT OP,
OVERALL
SAY OP IS A GREAT
PLACE TO WORK
REALLY CARE ABOUT
THE SUCCESS OF OP
 Staff well-being

Otago Polytechnic cares about its staff.  We take work-life balance and staff well-being seriously, within initiatives aimed at making it easy for staff to stay healthy and supported. We encourage all staff to make the most of the great things we have on offer, and suggest new initiatives to add to this list.

Springin2it

Our award winning, in-house ten week wellness challenge is an opportunity for staff members to form teams and motivate one another to eat healthily, be active and have fun. There are before and after measurements of health and fitness and participants get results-based feedback that feeds into their team’s overall score.  All tests are confidential and it’s all about having fun!

Annual influenza vaccinations

Influenza can be serious and vaccination is your best defence against this virus. We offer all staff free vaccinations via Student Health each year between March and May. Out-of-Dunedin staff are able to have their vaccine at their local GP clinic and have the cost fully reimbursed.

Polybikes

Got a meeting in town to attend?  Why not take one of the modern, easy-to-ride bicycles available to staff and enjoy the exercise. Keys and instructions are available from main administration in F Block.

Gym facilities

In 2013, the Otago Institute of Sport and Adventure (OISA) moved to their new purpose-built gym facility at the Sargood Centre on Logan Park Drive. Their world-class gym facilities are available to all staff, with access available outside of the teaching times. Contact the team at OISA to register your interest.

Bike or run to work?

We support healthy forms of transport. Showers are available in blocks F, H and G, and bike racks are located around our Campuses. 

Polykids Childcare

Polykids Childcare Centre provides early childhood eduction and care for children up to five years of age. Spaces are limited. Contact Polykids Childcare Centre. 

Harassment and bullying prevention

Everyone at Otago Polytechnic has a right to work and learn in a safe, harassment- and bullying-free environment. In line with our values of Caring and Responsibility we work hard to provide a great environment free from harassment and bullying.  For further information and who to contact see our Harassment and Bullying Policy and the information posted around Campus.

Staff Assistance Programme (SAP)

All staff are eligible for free support through confidential and independent professional counselling. Whatever the issue, big or small, there is someone who is there to listen and support.

Social club

We understand the importance of having fun in the workplace. Our fun committee organise frequent social gatherings and events that all staff are encouraged to attend such as quiz nights, fancy dress and much more.

Living Campus

Living Campus is the first of its kind in Australiasia and involves turning Otago Polytechnic's existing Dunedin Campus into a vibrant community garden and a sustainable model of urban agrictulture. 


 Rainbow Tick

 

Otago Polytechnic welcomes and includes everyone regardless of gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, religious or ethical beliefs or political opinions.

We are proud to be the first ITP (Institute of Technology and Polytechnics) to have been awarded the Rainbow Tick and one of the first organisations in the South Island to gain the certification.

Rainbow Tick certification is granted to organisations that complete a diversity and inclusion certification process. To gain certification, Otago Polytechnic showed, against a number of criteria, that it is diverse, open and inclusive as an employer. That includes strategies and policies that specifically mention inclusion; reporting on inclusion at all levels, including governance; and training offered to staff.

Read more about Rainbow Tick here > 

 Benefits and discounts

Otago Polytechnic staff enjoy a number of benefits and little perks that all add up to greater joy and an easier life. 

A few extra days’ holiday, on us:

Otago Polytechnic gives all general staff who would normally work the Tuesday after Easter Monday that day as a gift day, without deducting it from your annual leave balance.

The three working days between Christmas and New Year are also given as “gift” days to all Otago Polytechnic general staff (whose contracts otherwise provide for four weeks’ annual leave).

We’re in the education industry, after all

All permanent staff (or those working more than two years, fixed term) receive up to $750 per year towards professional development through their Individual Development Plans.

Plus, if there are places remaining on programmes we teach (long or short-term), Otago Polytechnic staff can often join them at very discounted rates. Ask Customer Services which programmes are available.

Travel and health insurance

Southern Cross Healthcare offer a discounted rate for Otago Polytechnic employees who join – please contact the Human Resources Department for details. For some staff, subsidised health care is offered – your entitlements will be outlined in your employment agreement.

Otago Polytechnic employees can also take advantage of discounted travel insurance – contact the Contracts Office.

Great deals and discounts

Show your staff ID card to receive a discounts at Bunning’s Warehouse, Mitre 10, Dulux and the University Bookshop.

And contact us to find out about other great deals:

  • Hertz Car Rental, hire cars for private use. Ask the Contracts Office.
  • Mobil Fuel Cards – The Skeggs Foundation offers a Mobil Fuel Card discount on petrol and diesel. Contact the Human Resources Department.