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COUNCILS WARNED NOT TO IGNORE IMPORTANCE OF EFFECTIVE PEOPLE MANAGEMENT TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF LOCAL SERVICES

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The Employers' Organisation has urged council leaders and chief executives to focus attention on ensuring the effec...
The Employers' Organisation has urged council leaders and chief executives to focus attention on ensuring the effective management of their greatest resource: their staff, in the drive for improvement, efficiency and partnership working.

Speaking about the Audit Commission's 2005 proposed changes to the framework

of the comprehensive performance assessment, which moves towards a

more stringent test, EO executive director Rob Pinkham warned:

'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

data.'

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.

Notes

1.The EO's People Management Online Survey can be found at:

http:www.lg-employers.gov.uk/surveys/people-management-2005

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.

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