If you have a conflict with a colleague and you can’t seem to work out the issue between you, these are the people to talk to for help and advice.
If you’re looking for someone to talk to, your manager can support and advise you. The conflict may in fact be with your manager, in which case you can approach their manager.
PhD candidate advisor
If these hierarchical options aren’t working for you, you can contact the PhD candidate advisor. They may be able to refer you to one of the other counters.
The HR Advisor can advise PhD candidates employed by VU Amsterdam in general terms on how best to deal with the conflict situation.
Staff Welfare Office
The Staff Welfare Officers can help you analyse the conflict from a variety of perspectives, to see which solution is the best fit for your situation and what resources you need to help you work towards that solution. Staff Welfare Officers are bound by professional confidentiality. You can contact them directly.
Discussions with the ombudsman are also strictly confidential. The ombudsman will help and advise you with analysing, resolving and assessing problems or complaints that arise from things like the incorrect application of regulations. These problems include not keeping promises about training or promotion opportunities, working conditions and other human resource management issues. The ombudsman will always try to resolve a complaint in consultation with you as a PhD candidate.
You can also ask the ombudsman to start a formal investigation. The ombudsman will then investigate the complaint and assess it on its merits.
If you have questions about your legal status, if you’re concerned about your employment, if you’d like external help with a labour dispute or an employment-related illness, or if you’re looking for personal external advice on your work and career, we advise you to contact your trade union.
Dispute settlement committee
If you are employed by VU Amsterdam, you can take a dispute with your supervisor to an independent dispute settlement committee if it concerns:
- an assessment
- changing the position without the employee's consent
- refusing a promotion to the functional scale