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Modernising Government

Flexible working in the public sector


Government at all levels is trying to find ways to 
  • improve services
  • reduce costs
  • be more responsive to customer demands
  • introduce new technologies to enable all these. 

Government agencies are in a pivotal position to make a difference, as they are both

  • policy makers, and
  • major employers - often the largest in their areas.

Recent articles on flexible work in government:

TW3-Guide-to-Smart-Working-in-Government

Changing the way government works in the UK

Flexibility.co.uk has produced new guidance for the UK Civil Service on Smart Working. Based on our Smart Working Handbook, it sets out the principles and techniques for modernising working practices in central government. Commissioned by the Cabinet Office, it includes case studies of innovative practice as departments embrace Smart Working.

   

A selection of earlier articles

UK Government desk-sharing to save £millions
Flexible working and flexible working environments are at the heart of reducing the costs of the government's £370 billion estate.

Government Workplace 2020
Bridget Hardy, of the Office for Government Commerce, outlines the future for government workplaces in the context of greatly increased flexible working and information-age technologies.  A must-read for all in the public sector!

Working beyond walls
The government's 2008 guide to flexible work in government.  With case studies of central government departments that have been changing their working practices and office environments.

From the Case Study section:

Smart Worker at Wokingham Borough Council

Smart Working at Wokingham Council

Wokingham Borough Council has a dynamic and can-do attitude to implementing Smart Working. They have moved ahead with their own solution, developing a new working culture, working flexibly across locations and achieving a 2:1 desk-sharing ratio. A case study of a smaller council leading the way.

Aberdeenshire Worksmart office

Working Smarter at Aberdeenshire Council

Aberdeenshire Council's Worksmart and WorkSPACE programmes are attracting a lot of attention from councils around the UK - a great example of moving ahead with modern working practices and getting staff on board with the new workstyles.

Smart Working at Islington Council
One organisation that has adopted an integrated approach to flexible working is Islington Council. Like many councils, Islington has been under pressure to increase efficiency over a number of years – delivering better services, more sustainably, and with fewer resources

 


 

Modernising Government

In this part of Flexibility, we are pulling together resources to help government agencies introduce smart/flexible policies and practices. We will be highlighting both policy development and examples of best practice.

So if your government sector organisation is making headway in flexible working practices and service let us know and we would be happy to tell the world!

 

 


 

 

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