• 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.

  • Leadership agility – now is the time to pick up the pace further

    05 May 2021

    Charlotte Croffie looks at how leadership roles have adapted since the start of the pandemic.

  • Boards of the future will be more diverse

    05 May 2021

    Diversity, in all forms, including cognitive diversity, is informing every conversation on the make-up of boards and executive teams, says director, executive recruitment at Penna Enterprise Charles Wilson.

  • Employment law: a post lockdown view

    05 May 2021

    As lockdown eases, lawyer Louise Carr takes a look at the issues new ways of working raise for local government employers, including ensuring consistency of opportunity.

  • Council claims sacked director was not performing

    30 April 2021

    Senior officers at a London borough accused of unfairly dismissing a director have told a tribunal she was sacked after failing to meet performance targets.

  • Starfish Talent 20 – Place

    28 April 2021

    In the first of a series of articles, Starfish Search and The MJ showcase some of the top talent in local government, starting with 20 rising stars from the place portfolio of services.

  • Redesigning coaching and mentoring for the digital age

    28 April 2021

    iESE, as a part of its pro bono sector support role, is developing Alchemy, a new resource that supports individuals to take the next step in their leadership journey, says its chief executive Dr Andrew Larner.

  • Council had 'truly toxic atmosphere,' tribunal hears

    27 April 2021

    The Hammersmith & Fulham LBC director at the centre of an unfair dismissal claim had been working in a ‘truly toxic atmosphere,’ an employment tribunal has heard.

  • LGA calls for clarity on exit data request

    21 April 2021

    The Local Government Association (LGA) was blindsided by the Government’s demands for data on exit payments, it has emerged, and it is now asking for clarity.

  • Should you track your staff’s COVID testing and vaccination status?

    19 April 2021

    Testing and vaccination status are sensitive topics, says Marta Kalas. She recommends starting an open discussion with your staff, alongside a plan.

  • Tapping into local potential

    14 April 2021

    Des Murray shares his experiences of working with the DFN Project SEARCH and highlights why other local authorities and companies should get involved with the charity.

  • From surviving to thriving

    14 April 2021

    Rob Barlow outlines the progress Boston BC and East Lindsey DC have made eight months into their Strategic Alliance, including a joint approach to workforce development.

  • The importance of autonomy, flexibility and connection

    13 April 2021

    Claire Kober highlights the fundamentals that need revisiting 'in a world that feels very different to that of 12 months ago'.

  • Forging a top team in the middle of a crisis

    08 April 2021

    Recruited during the pandemic, St Helens MBC’s new senior management have only physically met once. But they have created a high performing top team that’s now working hard on reset and recovery. Kath O’Dwyer highlights what has been achieved so far.

  • Our organisational culture needs to match staffs' expectations

    08 April 2021

    People have reflected on what they want from work, how and where they want to work and how this fits into their lives, says chief executive of Stroud DC Kathy O'Leary.

  • ‘Everyone needs a coach’

    31 March 2021

    Dawar Hashmi discusses the importance of coaching, regardless of what level you work at, and how it is now time to collectively implement elements of coaching into your organisation’s daily routine.

  • Change has no end game

    23 March 2021

    If local government is to thrive in a post-pandemic world and be truly people-centred then investing in vital HR professionals is key, say Rebecca Davis and Manny Sandhu.

  • It’s time to rethink assessment

    09 March 2021

    It is really important to weigh up the cost of assessment against the value it brings, says head of assessment at Penna Ann Hartley.