Archives for October 4th, 2005

3Rs STRATEGY FOR PUBLIC SERVICE TURNAROUND: RETRENCHMENT REPOSITIONING AND REORGANISATION

Abstracts, PublicNet: 4 October, 2005

By George A. BoyneProblems of public service ‘failure’ are high on the political agenda in the UK, and many national and local organizations are searching for effective turnaround strategies. Although little research on turnaround in the public sector has been undertaken, there are a substantial number of studies of decline and recovery in private firms. Evidence from these studies suggests that turnaround is more likely in companies that pursue retrenchment, repositioning and reorganization. The relevance of this ‘3Rs’ strategy to the public sector is analysed, and the potential consequences for public service improvement are evaluated. This article will help managers to think more clearly about turnaround strategies that could work in their organizations.

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AWARD FOR CITY COUNCIL’S ‘TWO-WAY COMMUNICATIONS’ WITH STAFF

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 October, 2005

Liverpool City Council has won a prestigious award for its imaginative approach to communicating with its staff, including establishing an online system allowing teams to record their own achievements. The authority’s internal communication department took top prize in the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ Local Government Group Excellence Awards.The award recognises a number of improvements made by the council to ensure that staff can give their views on a variety of subjects and influence decisions made by senior managers. The innovations include the ‘Be Proud initiative’ that allows people working for the authority to create a permanent on-line record of their team’s achievements in their own words. This culminates in an annual ‘Be Proud’ awards ceremony.

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LOCAL AUTHORITY REGULATORS JOIN HEALTH AND SAFETY PARTNERSHIP PILOT

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 October, 2005

Large companies are to be encouraged to work more closely with local authorities and the Health and Safety Executive to develop partnerships to improve safety in workplaces. The HSE and the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (LACoRS) have jointly launched the Large Organisation Project Pilot.The pilot project has three main aims, presenting a more coherent customer-focused face to large organisations, securing improvements to health and safety in the organisations, including getting them to act as examples of good practice and exploring whether the companies are interested in some formal recognition of good health and safety performance.

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