• Building on a culture of innovation in Kingston

    28 July 2021

    Kingston RLBC learned lessons from its COVID response that will change both the jobs staff do in future and where those roles are based. Tessa Cole talks to Ann McGauran about ‘a real shift and disruption in working practices’.

  • Giving young people a Kickstart in Bucks

    28 July 2021

    Buckinghamshire Council is offering Kickstart placements across all its service directorates to support young people, as part of a much longer-term project, says Cllr Anita Cranmer.

  • Review launched into chief's departure

    21 July 2021

    Pembrokeshire CC’s interim boss has commissioned an independent review into the ‘severance arrangements’ linked to the departure of former chief executive Ian Westley.

  • No pay-out for suspended director

    21 July 2021

    Croydon LBC’s suspended executive director of place has resigned with no pay-out, The MJ understands.

  • Change from within to attract from outside

    21 July 2021

    Rebecca Davis discusses the results of research into diversity within our organisations, and finds that the benefits can be significant if we hold the mirror up to ourselves and commit to long-term change.

  • Understanding your talent gap

    13 July 2021

    Are you having trouble hiring specialists and managers? You’re not alone. Jon Dilling and Gemma Matin of Penna recently hosted a webinar to discuss and share learning around tackling hard to fill roles. Its clear many organisations are experiencing challenges with recruitment – but as the webinar evidenced, solutions can be found

  • Time to rethink going back to work

    13 July 2021

    There is a real appetite to work differently post-pandemic, says Tony Kirkham. Instead of rushing back to the office, we should take the opportunity to think about the future

  • We won't stop until it ends

    13 July 2021

    What a week for diversity and inclusion. Fiyin Fayeye looks at what needs to happen next

  • Getting set for a post 9-to-5 culture

    07 July 2021

    Is it a case of the ‘death of Dolly’? Jason Wheatley explains why it’s important organisations re-imagine their places of work to meet the changing requirements of a post-pandemic world.

  • Remote working – the new personal challenge

    30 June 2021

    Has virtual working blurred the line between our personal and professional ‘self’? Nicola Chiverton asks the question as the workforce emerges from a post-pandemic world.

  • Is Black Lives Matter making a difference?

    08 June 2021

    Managing director of Penna Julie Towers reflects on the rightful and renewed focus on diversity and inclusion since the tragic murder of George Floyd.

  • Problem solvers

    08 June 2021

    PPMA:Solve has been created to provide extra support for members and the public sector generally in this time of crisis, to offer HR and OD capacity and expertise when needed, says Leatham Green.

  • Organisations need wellbeing too

    08 June 2021

    IMPOWER’s resilience framework – produced in conjunction with eight councils and the County Councils’ Network – looks at how workforces can adapt to disruption ranging from small events to the largest crisis in decades. Jon Ainger explains.

  • Edinburgh’s next chapter

    08 June 2021

    The last 15 months have emphasised the City of Edinburgh Council’s strengths as an organisation, says Andrew Kerr. He reviews what has been achieved and looks ahead at the future strategic priorities for its workforce and the city.

  • The importance of caring for the carers

    07 June 2021

    During Carers Week, Sally Hopper outlines how her own experiences have given her an invaluable perspective in advocating for carers at work at Hertfordshire CC.

  • A tailored, personal approach gives you an edge

    02 June 2021

    Sonia Tanda at Penna looks at how councils can stand out from the crowd when it comes to recruiting social workers.

  • Forwards, not backwards

    26 May 2021

    The world of work has changed irreversibly since COVID, says Neil Lupin, and from leadership level onwards it is time to embrace the physical and emotional benefits of workplace transformation

  • Council ‘outraged’ by Unite decision to continue bin strike

    14 May 2021

    Thurrock BC has said it is ‘outraged’ workers in its waste and recycling department have decided to continue to strike.

  • The keys to ensuring good mental health

    12 May 2021

    Toni Hall of Penna looks at the importance of looking after your mental health as an interim, and provides some tips for those needing support.

  • Council chief’s treatment was ‘appalling and inhuman’

    06 May 2021

    The leader of York City Council has survived a no confidence vote following criticism over the departure of its former chief executive.