Unprecedented change in the Public Sector

We have all read much about the reductions in budget and headcount in the public sector which are both unprecedented and far-reaching. Public sector HR departments are impacted in two key ways. Firstly HR will have an increased and exceptional demand from its customers, helping to support the departments to downsize. The HR/OD function will be helping support the design of new ways of working, re-aligning and re-structuring the capabilities demanded by the changing roles. In addition HR is often the first point of contact by leaders and managers when looking for guidance and support to teams managing change.

Against this back-drop, HR will be facing the additional challenge of re-structuring their own business – downsizing and changing the way that they operate. It was interesting to read an article in the most recent edition of People Management magazine where Chris Last, Head of Government HR Operations described the drive to professionalise the HR function across Whitehall. This re-structure is probably comparable with some recent HR transition programmes in private sector/Global Corporate organisations in terms of size and complexity. However, it is probably unprecedented in the fact that it has to be carried out under the ever watchful eye of the general public. This transparency is right and correct when dealing with public money and the associated demand for greater efficiency. I think those of us with HR experience will be watching the progress with interest.

Potential2Achieve are currently working in the public sector supporting an element of this major transformation programme. It is an exciting and privileged place to be, right at the forefront of change and being able to help shape the future. Applying the experience gained over many years of dealing with similar situations in the private sector is bringing new learning. The dynamics of meeting the needs of the public sector audience requires different disciplines. If you are involved in helping to drive change in the public sector, we would love a chance to exchange thoughts and ideas with you, so please get in touch.

21st October 2011

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