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Public sector managers 'must engage employees'

2 March 2011

Making sure employees engage with change and transformation is one of the key challenges facing the public sector.

This is according to Angela Baron, CIPD adviser for organisational development, who wrote in the Guardian that many councils had already embarked on a "change journey" before the government's spending cuts were announced last year.

Local authorities must now continue with this process and work to create "flexibility and agility" within their organisations by engaging with the workforce, she said.

Ms Baron suggested the onus is on managers with HR expertise to involve people in the change programme and drive engagement.

"Highly engaged people perform better and deliver more 'discretionary behaviour', ie they go beyond what is expected of them to do a good job," she explained.

Last month, Owen Morgan of HR consultancy Penna told the newspaper that interim managers with specialist skills could be useful for local authorities managing redundancies.

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