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The two faces of Janus

When I took on the role of CERN Ombud, I was not prepared to encounter what I now call the “Janus” effect. Let me give you two examples ...

10/05/2022
<a href="/taxonomy/term/67" hreflang="en">Self management</a>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/73" hreflang="en">Teamwork</a>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/66" hreflang="en">Communication</a>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/71" hreflang="en">Conflict management</a>
10/05/2022

2021 Annual Report by the Ombud – let’s talk!

The 11th Annual Report by the Ombud is now available on CDS at this address and will soon be published on the Ombud’s website, where you can also find all of my predecessors’ reports since

21/04/2022
<a href="/taxonomy/term/68" hreflang="en">Ombuds role</a>
21/04/2022

Values and principles of the Ombud’s profession: what are they for?

You may know that the CERN Ombud is a member of the International Ombuds Association (IOA).

04/04/2022
<a href="/taxonomy/term/68" hreflang="en">Ombuds role</a>
04/04/2022

When respect is missing

The respect that others show us, like esteem, is part of our dignity, so it’s no wonder that we’re so taken aback and upset when it’s missing.

21/03/2022
<a href="/taxonomy/term/75" hreflang="en">Respect</a>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/67" hreflang="en">Self management</a>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/69" hreflang="en">Managing people</a>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/66" hreflang="en">Communication</a>
21/03/2022

Being a woman at CERN back in 1990

On Tuesday, March 8, we celebrated International Women's Day. It is my pleasure to write an article from the Ombud's corner on this occasion.

08/03/2022
<a href="/taxonomy/term/65" hreflang="en">Diversity</a>
08/03/2022

Asking questions to clarify expectations

While the annual performance appraisal interviews are in full swing and thinking about my discussions on the subject with visitors to my office, I feel it’s appropriate to underline the importance of each party being open, honest, respectful and considerate and, in particular, of a clear

21/02/2022
<a href="/taxonomy/term/69" hreflang="en">Managing people</a>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/67" hreflang="en">Self management</a>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/66" hreflang="en">Communication</a>
21/02/2022

Be an active bystander – the four Ds

I recently took part in a training session, on Zoom – where else these days? – that I found extremely useful and recommend that you all attend as soon as you can. This is all about being an active bystander and contributing to create a culture of respect.

07/02/2022
<a href="/taxonomy/term/72" hreflang="en">Harassment</a>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/67" hreflang="en">Self management</a>
07/02/2022

Why didn’t you tell me before?

Some visitors to the Ombud’s Office tell me they don’t feel entirely comfortable expressing their ideas, concerns and opinions within their team or to their supervis

25/01/2022
<a href="/taxonomy/term/73" hreflang="en">Teamwork</a>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/69" hreflang="en">Managing people</a>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/67" hreflang="en">Self management</a>
25/01/2022

Three powerful tools to meet the challenges of 2022!

As this brand new year starts, I would like to offer my best wishes, from the Ombud’s Office, for a healthy, happy and successful 2022! 

11/01/2022
<a href="/taxonomy/term/75" hreflang="en">Respect</a>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/73" hreflang="en">Teamwork</a>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/65" hreflang="en">Diversity</a>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/70" hreflang="en">Code of Conduct</a>
11/01/2022

Each and every one of us matters

Some visitors to the Ombud’s office tell me that they are “too insignificant” or “too low” in the chain of command for their opinion to really matter. 

07/12/2021
<a href="/taxonomy/term/67" hreflang="en">Self management</a>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/69" hreflang="en">Managing people</a>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/70" hreflang="en">Code of Conduct</a>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/75" hreflang="en">Respect</a>
07/12/2021