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.
Will COVID-19 mean we tackle poor leadership head-on?
COVID-19 has put leadership right in the spotlight, says Julie Towers. The early findings of the annual MJ Leadership Survey pre-COVID noted a positive move towards more authentic and adaptive leadership, she adds.
Transformation delivers flexibility in a crisis
Craig Cusack and Rob Powell talk to Ann McGauran about how Warwickshire CC’s transformation programme meant it was ‘pretty much ready for the pandemic when it arrived’.
It’s all part of the myth
Blair Mcpherson rejects the stereotype of an old-fashioned local authority chief executive of 20 years ago’ perpetuated by an unnamed special advisor.
Colchester to furlough staff
A council in Essex is to furlough some of its staff to limit the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Prepare for a bright future
Neil Lupin looks at how local government might start to reinvent its future in the months ahead.
The fierce urgency of now
We have to start thinking about what comes after lockdown, writes Karen Grave – but she says we 'must ask the right questions if the existing fault lines that COVID-19 has amplified are to be reckoned with’.
'High risk' staff are being forced back, claims Unison
Unison is demanding Milton Keynes Council steps back from what it says is a ‘rogue local plan’ to order staff in high risk categories back to work.
Necessity is the mother of invention
Solace has shown a willingness to take advantage of the opportunities that digital presents the sector, most recently using current technology to ‘virtually’ recruit for Adur and Worthing Councils. Steve Guest explains.
Successful homeworking: from BT’s people to you
Homeworking might be new to your organisation, but there are lots of ways to make it work for you says Dr Nicola Millard.
Let’s get through this together
Dave Weir and Anthony Lewis provide a guide to making the most of your time during the coronavirus crisis to emerge fit, well and ready for business
Councils under pressure over worker safety
Local authorities are under increasing pressure to resolve issues of social distancing for refuse and other workers, with no clear guidance available.
Trusting our workforce to make the right calls in this time of crisis
Hertfordshire CC is providing ‘clarity, reassurance and the human touch’ - and its recruitment team turned into a redeployment hub once the potential impact of coronavirus was clear, says Sally Hopper.
Resilience in action
Neil Lupin looks at the resilience of our public services at a time of unprecedented demand.
‘We must speak truth to power’
HR directors gathered for a Penna/The MJ round table to discuss a service with an ‘identity crisis’ – and whether they can drive disruption and transformation at pace and scale. Heather Jameson reports.