East Devon Council officers working from home “begs the question about the expensive hot-desking HQ in Heathpark.”
We need to be rethinking our work-places and our working week:
Of course, many workers are not office-workers – and that includes council workers.
The chair of East Devon District Council shows his appreciation:
Letter of thanks to East Devon key workers and volunteers from council Chairman | eastdevon.gov.uk This has now been removed from the EDDC website
But many council workers are also office-workers – and are not coming into the office.
Leeds City Council has accomplished quite a massive logistical task:
Meanwhile, many of East Devon’s employees are currently working from home – which is rather different to five years ago, when this Freedom of Information request was made:
In the light of all this media interest in ‘the future of work’, a correspondent writes to these news pages:
“This begs the question about the expensive hot-desking HQ in Heathpark.”
Two years ago, this same question was being asked:
We really do need to reconsider how we work.
Take a controversial example from these parts:
The District Council is spending £10million plus on relocating to open offices:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: Open-plan offices have been found to reduce productivity and impair memory. They’re associated with high staff turnover. They make people sick, hostile, unmotivated, and insecure.
NUMBER OF JOBS:
Instead it could look at who will actually be populating these open offices – as it is not actually very clear:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: a net loss of hundreds of jobs
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: and increasing staff numbers
Meanwhile, there has been the trumpeting of the so-called ‘Worksmart’ way of doing things – which is also not very clear:
The council’s Worksmart approach will help it to move away from traditional ways of desk-bound working. New ways of working mean that increasingly work will take place at the most effective locations respecting the needs of the task, the customer, the individual and the team. Properly equipped mobile officers will be able to operate more efficiently; the use of surgeries across the district will continue to manage local demand; and an improving website, plus other applications, will offer a greater number of online transactional services.
FOUR DAY WEEK:
Perhaps they should also consider rejigging their staff’s hours – as more ‘visionary’ setups seem to be doing these days:
Futures Forum: The four-hour working week, the sharing economy and going beyond the master-servant relationship
Futures Forum: “A shorter working week would make us healthier, give us more fulfilling and sustainable lives and be better for the environment…”