Archives for May 2012

COUNCILS AHEAD OF THE CURVE IN DEVELOPING CHILDREN’S SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 May, 2012

Most councils are developing a multi agency approach to children’s services ahead of the Government’s Community Budgets pilot schemes.

A survey of council children’s services staff found that 84 per cent of respondents said they were already working in or planning to work in multi-agency teams to help improve outcomes around children and families.

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WHY IS THE PUBLIC SECTOR SO COMPLEX?

Abstracts, PublicNet: 16 May, 2012

In this article Simon Collinson reckons that central government departments are 30 per cent more complex than private companies. He has developed a methodology to measure the level of complexity in an organisation and has come up with the Global Simplicity Index. A certain amount of complexity is inevitable and as an organisation grows it needs systems and procedures to hold it together. But there can come a time when things just get too complicated and over-engineered.

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SLOWDOWN IN PUBLIC SECTOR REDUNDANCIES

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 May, 2012

The public sector is predicting fewer redundancies according to the quarterly Labour Market Outlook survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

The fall in redundancy intentions rather than the creation of news jobs has produced an improved jobs prospect. The net employment balance for the public sector is -32.This is its least negative since the winter 2009/10 report. It compares to -49 in the last quarter. The number of public sector employers planning redundancies has fallen per cent to 45 from 49 per cent during the same period.

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PUBLIC SECTOR MANAGERS FAILING TO ENGAGE STAFF

Headlines, PublicNet: 14 May, 2012

Levels of staff engagement are low across all organisations in the UK, but they are particularly low in the public sector.

Research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has found that three quarters of employers report a lack of leadership and management skills and too many managers have an inflated opinion of their ability to manage people. In response, the CIPD is urging employers to recognise that just a small increase in capability amongst the UK’s eight million people managers would make a significant contribution to productivity.

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JOB CREATION FUNDING NOT WELL SPENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 May, 2012

The Regional Growth Fund for job creation could have been spent on projects that would have produced far more jobs. The National Audit Office found that a greater focus on value for money and spreading the funding more widely could have produced a better result.

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COUNCILS CUT USE OF TEMPORARY LABOUR

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 May, 2012

Councils have cut temporary labour usage by 15 per cent in the last year, but the cost of employing temps is rising.

The Comensura Government Index shows councils in the the North East and West Midlands lead the reduction in temporary labour usage.

The North East saw the biggest drop in temporary recruitment at 127 per cent with the West Midlands following close behind at 115.9 per cent.

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THE MINDFUL WORKPLACE

Book News, PublicNet: 9 May, 2012

Michael Chaskalson offers a practical and theoretical guide to the benefits of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in the workplace. He describes the latest neuroscience research into the effects of mindfulness training and details an eight-week mindfulness training course.

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TASKFORCE TO CRACK DOWN ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 May, 2012

A new national taskforce is being set up to tackle the issue of immigrants living in sheds and outhouses. The taskforce will include police, the UK Border Agency, local councils and HM Revenue and Customs.

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FLOWER POWER ON THE HIGH ST

Features, PublicNet: 4 May, 2012

John Williamson explains how local authorities use floral displays to boost the local economy.

We all know that appearances are important. There can be few more depressing sights than a deserted high street with boarded up shops and litter everywhere. Unfortunately, this is becoming an all too common sight in our town centres and it seems that dilapidation simply begets yet more decay, creating areas of depression and poverty.

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EFFECTIVE TEAMWORK: PRACTICAL LESSONS FROM ORGANIZATIONAL RESEARCH

Book News, PublicNet: 3 May, 2012

In this third edition Michael A West Effective has updated the text to reflect the latest research evidence. The book provides managers with the necessary guidance and tools to build and maintain effective teamwork.

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