Speaking about the Audit Commission's 2005 proposed changes to the framework
of the comprehensive performance assessment, which moves towards a
'Councils will need to transform the way they manage their operations to
demonstrate that they are delivering value for money, providing managerial
leadership, driving improvements, sharing best practice, developing more
efficient services and promoting good practice among staff. Effective
people management is vital to the successful management of this change at
every level. Councils will need to invest heavily in HR.'
Mr Pinkham's warning follows the launch of the EO's 'Survey of People
Management in Local Government' - the first-ever comprehensive survey of its
type. Baseline data from the people management survey will provide accurate
data to help chief executives and senior managers target their investment in
the capacity of HR services.
Mr Pinkham added: 'The survey will give us some outcome-based performance
indicators to help us measure the contribution made by specific HR
initiatives. It will give local authorities a clearer picture of how they
manage their people and help us to develop the right kind of support for
them by highlighting priority areas in relation to HR capacity building in
local government. I urge all chief executives to ensure that their council
completes the survey so that they have access to this vital benchmarking
The Employers' Organisation will be releasing the initial results in March,
with the full survey report published later this year. Feedback from the
survey will be integrated into 'LEAP' - the EO's capacity-building programme
for senior HR managers.
1.The EO's People Management Online Survey can be found at:
2.LEAP, the EO's HR development programme, will begin shortly
in five regions - South East, South West, London, East Midlands and the East
of England. The EO's LEAP programme consists of two separate year-long
programmes: HR Coaching, which involves one-to-one coaching with human
resources professionals acting as individual advisers and critical friends,
and Action Learning, which brings small groups of senior HR Managers
together seven times a year to share experiences from their local
authorities and solve real life problems taken from their work. Developed
jointly by the EO and the Institute of Employment Studies (IES) and funded
by the Office for the Deputy Prime Minister, the LEAP HR Managers'
development programme is the first programme of its type in the UK.