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Public sector leaders 'must support staff during transformation'

26 April 2011

A management expert has urged public sector leaders to make a "strategic investment" in supporting their staff during periods of major organisational change.

Writing in the Guardian, head of public sector at Right Management Tony Thornell said employers that keep their workers happy and engaged will be "the best placed to maintain service standards and business as usual".

He claimed there are several ways in which leaders can maintain morale and keep productivity levels high while their organisations undergo significant transformation.

Mr Thornell advised managers to tap into their existing talent pool, claiming there is a "compelling" argument for redeployment in the public sector.

"Realigning skills and expertise to the areas where they can make the most impact is critical to protecting the quality of service," he commented.

In addition, public sector leaders should aim to "future-proof" their organisations by ensuring all changes are accompanied by a "positive, collaborative mindset", the expert said.

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Categories: Local Government

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