The reality of working from home
What does working from home herald for local authority staff? John Mortimer takes a look - and offers pointers on how to maintain a balance between work and home life.
Exit payment rules are over-regulation, experts claim
The Government’s latest attempts to crack down on exit payments have been branded as over-regulation which will hit lower paid staff more than the senior officials it was aimed at.
Improving engagement and communication across the NHS in a time of crisis
Effective communication and digital innovation is the key to keeping employees engaged and well-informed, says Steve Brain. Communication apps, like Civica's Connect, provide Trust leaders and HR teams with a platform to share resources, he adds.
Don't be afraid to recruit online
Local government recruiters should think about whether their current exercise will ‘lift and shift’ or needs changing, but the advice of Ann Hartley at Penna is don’t be afraid to move online.
Developing talent for a growing housing agenda
With house-building high on the agenda, and a perceived lack of ready made talent in this area within the sector, Helen Anderson says it is more important than ever to be open minded and focus on building your own talent pipeline.
We have been here before on cohesion and diversity
Blair McPherson says the only thing more detrimental to the causes of cohesion and diversity than doing nothing is doing a little and thinking it’s enough.
Seizing the opportunity to change perceptions
Rebecca Davis looks at how an ambitious initiative across the West Midlands has highlighted the important work of council workers, who are making as much of a difference in their own way as any emergency service
Devoting to diversity
Race continues to be a gatekeeper for preventing people from gaining promotion to senior council posts, says Gifty Edila, who provides recommendations for welcoming BAME staff at all levels.
Immigration plans branded an 'embarrassing shambles'
The Government’s latest plans for post-Brexit immigration rules have been branded an ‘embarrassing shambles’ after they failed to include care workers.
People don’t need tethering to a place
The way forward for embracing remote working and liberation from the office is now clear following the response to coronavirus, says director of services at Basildon Council Mandie Skeat.
Test, test, test the tech!
Managing director of Penna Julie Towers offers some key observations on virtual recruitment, and says many of the online elements will be retained when lockdown eases further.
The best managers are misfits and weirdos
Organisations with a higher tolerance of misfits and weirdos will benefit from their creativity, innovation, energy and enthusiasm, says Blair Mcpherson - and we also need dreamers, visionaries and revolutionaries.
The Future of Local Government – no way back
The findings of a survey on the future impact of COVID-19 on councils provide an opportunity to consider ways to level up how services are delivered, says John Knight.
We have an opportunity to radically reinvent ourselves
Our new coronavirus-shaped world has changed beyond recognition, says Gill Kneller - and If we’re going to thrive, recovery will be key, 'but we simultaneously need to reinvent ourselves'.
Three Rs for use in a crisis
Aidan Rave believes there are three functions a leader should be focused on beyond the immediate management of the pandemic – reassurance, recovery and resurgence
Time to equip ourselves for the new normal
The ‘new normal’ will have to suit lots of people with a host of agendas, says Donna Ball, and personal resilience to deal with these competing demands will be essential
Resilience in the face of recovery
With the COVID-19 pandemic rewriting the rules of upheaval in modern times, Dawn Faulkner discusses how the sector can bounce back and the new leadership psychology necessary to do so
Three out of four councils boost recruitment
More than three-quarters of councils have been forced to recruit additional staff since March when coronavirus hit, a Local Government Association survey has found.
Superstars delivering in the face of adversity
When the pandemic hit, South Somerset DC quickly decided to redeploy staff in changed or closed services to carry out duties related to the local coronavirus response. Kirsty Larkins explains the approach.
Reinventing recruitment for a more sustainable future
Local government has shown it can move faster and better when the bureaucracy is stripped away and decision-making is made at the local level. Manny Sandhu sets out a social care and related professions recruitment plan with a powerful purpose.