Mapping the Workplace and Action Planning
Mapping the workplace
To be able to work well on learning issues, you need to build a pciture of where your members are. You can do this by using a technique called "mapping". Mapping can take different forms. It could be a table or a spreadsheet with names and other information.
The good thing about such maps is they can serve as a quick reference point on your members. Whether you cover a small number of members as a ULR or whether you cover a large area, mapping is great for keeping track of your members and their concerns. You may have direct access to your union membership database, or your branch should be able to supply you with a list of members.
Alternatively, you could map all the colleagues in your area by making a map of each workplace, or even each floor of a workplace! Remember that the ULR role covers ALL colleagues regardless of union membership, grade or role within the workplace.
The key thing to remember in using mapping is that is never complete. Staff change, people change their minds, they change deaprtments - and the issues that you are working with change. So it's good to have them in a format that you can keep adding to.
Remember to share this information with your Branch Executive members and Branch Secretary's ... you don't have to work alone, you are part of the union team!
An example of a mapping document can be found below:
Action plans can help you focus on the issues that you are working with and also offer a way of exploring who can help you with these issues. They also allow for deadlines and regular progress reviews.
An example of an action plan can be found below: