At Bradford Council we understand the challenging and complex issues you are facing.
The extent and scale of savings we have had to make are unprecedented with further significant savings still to be achieved.
To deliver efficiencies we have re-examined how we work and use our office space. The Council’s operational estate has been completely realigned and we have released over 60 Council buildings, generated £31 million capital receipts, reduced £48 million in backlog maintenance and saved 52,000 square metres of space. Staff are now working in a mobile and flexible way with seven desks for every 10 employees. The benefits include less sickness, better productivity, improved customer service and enhanced life-work balance.
An integral part of the Property Programme is our New Ways of Working team whose members are experienced in implementing flexible working solutions. We have worked with different services across a large, multifunctional organisation and provided training and support to over 3,000 staff.
We understand the public sector and the uniqueness of each service area, and we are therefore able to tailor our approach accordingly. We also appreciate the difficulties people have when faced with wholesale change.
Our staff have the skills, experience and knowledge to support people through this change journey.
The services we offer are backed by our track record of successfully delivering and implementing mobile or flexible working.
We meet your management team to identify the scope, timescales and outcomes of the work. We gain an understanding of relevant HR, legal and information security policies.
We establish a project plan with key milestones and checkpoints.
We identify your training and learning needs as well as what support you need, and design an appropriate training plan.
Design and deliver bespoke training for staff and management followed by a work style analysis – an electronic questionnaire that allows us to determine the best flexible working technical solution.
Establish a project management structure to deliver the agreed policies and protocols for a flexible working solution.
Maintain a clear communications plan to keep key stakeholders informed of how the project is progressing.
Support you to ensure delivery of each key milestone.
Deliver a ‘lessons learned’ session three months after the completion of the process and review performance against objectives.
Publish a case study about the project which can be used for both internal and external communications.
We have already delivered management training in agile working to Harrogate Council, and we are confident that our approach is transferable across other public sector organisations.
Our own journey is far from over, but we have learned strategies and tactics along the way and would be happy to share our practical and professional knowledge with partners in public and private sector.
Please get in touch with us for a friendly informal chat to find out what we do and how we can be of help to you.