Autumn has left in a wake of colourful leaves scurrying around, and the fruit has all been picked. The changing season feels appropriate for Local Government in the race to achieve “more for less” at the scale required. The ‘low hanging fruit’ has all been picked, and the challenge now is to get to the top of the tree to find the last morsels without toppling the the whole thing over!
Sorry for the analogy, but we are making a serious point here. What do you do when all the low hanging fruit has been picked over? Faced with more swingeing cuts, the winter for many is looking very harsh indeed.
According to the RSA’s Flex Factor report, public service officers have estimated that given ideal flexible working arrangements, they could each gain an average of 4.6 productive working hours per week. But there is a cost to implementing, and the costs could obliterate the savings couldn’t they?
Not according to the Flex Factor report. They have assumed a 50 percent implementation cost within their savings figures (based on the likely challenges of introducing and managing a flexible workforce identified in the study).
So, the outlook may not look so bleak if you’re lucky enough to be one of those public sector organisations who haven’t yet looked into fully optimising your workforce through mobile working.
It’s not an easy task though, so don’t expect a panacea to all your problems. It takes dedication from the top, and a holistic approach across your whole organisation. You may even want to try implementing a pilot area first.
There is more good news!
You’re not in this alone, you don’t have to trail blaze and there is a wealth of learning from others who have already gone through the process.
That is why Public Sector Nomads hold Mobile Working in Local Government events each year, as well as providing an electronic document repository of case studies and learning. What’s more, we realise that money is tight, so we keep our event costs affordable and provide the library documents completely free! But we can’t do this without your support.
Make your New Year resolution to attend our January 30th event, to hear Public Sector Managers and other professionals sharing their learning and responding to your questions.
Start the year on a positive note, and don’t be left out in the cold!