Workspace Revolution Planned for Whitehall
The office space used by civil servants is set to join the flexible revolution, with the Civil Service adopting a more corporate approach to its office facilities in order to increase efficiency ΓÇô according to a report in todayΓÇÖs London Evening Standard.
Focused on the introduction of flexible hours and working arrangements, the concept was original dreamt-up as a way for government workers to avoid the disruption and additional pressures on LondonΓÇÖs transport network expected to occur during the Olympic Games this summer.
But as the plans that will give civil servants the ability to work from a range of locations and replace face-to-face meetings with video conferencing come into play, the two men behind this temporary measure believe that these changes should remain in place even after the last medal has been handed out.
Speaking to the London Evening Standard, Sir Bob Kerslake explained that:“This is a real chance for people to try something different and we’ll learn from it.”
“The vision is to get a more collaborative way of working, a more corporate way of working in the Civil Service. I think a less hierarchical way of working is good for those in it because they get less of a sense of having to clear everything through a long chain and it potentially allows you to improve the efficiency of the Civil Service as well.”
But with a reputation for resisting change an inefficient working practices, can these plans for the Civil Service becoming part of the flexible workspace revolution be brought to fruition or administered effectively?