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
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:
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
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
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 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.
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
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