There is no denying the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on traditional working arrangements. Organisations across both the private and public sector have had to rapidly evolve and adapt to the new workplace revolution to allow for unheralded remote and flexible working arrangements. While the UK continues to ease lockdown restrictions, there can be no denying the workplace has been fundamentally changed to accommodate new office layouts, socially distant working practices, limited face-to-face meetings, staggered lunch breaks and different start/finish times.
To facilitate this revolution, many local authorities have, or are currently undergoing, a complete organisational transformation. This can be seen not only through a technological transformation, which has better equipped staff to embrace flexible working arrangements, but also through organisational wellbeing efforts to support morale, culture and employee wellbeing.
While parts of this transformation have been embraced as welcome change, it also carries significant risks if not managed correctly. We have already observed a number of councils battling with issues caused by rushed ICT upgrades, disorganised workplace policies and ineffective wellbeing measures implemented to comply with government orders, which have a significant impact on the ability of the local authority to deliver services to its constituents.
Bloom is experienced in working with local authorities to better understand the impact these ‘new normal’ workplace and working arrangements have on local authorities’ ability to deliver services their communities. Digital change in local government requires people and culture to change so that it works with the people and for the people.
With access to over 7,000 suppliers, we can help you navigate various options and deliver the right supplier to deliver meaningful long-term solutions that can help your council embrace the ‘new normal’ working arrangements.
With our ability to source any supplier based on their capability, we are ideally positioned to help you deliver in these challenging times. We can act as an extension of your procurement team, ensuring you can access the suppliers you need quickly and compliantly, via a fully auditable process that aligns with your governance requirements.
Bloom’s outcomes-based model allows us to deliver a fully managed end-to-end service, helping your council to implement reliable long-term solutions, delivering efficiencies and cost savings while ensuring you only ever pay for what is delivered. With even greater pressure on budgets anticipated in the coming months, managing outcomes requirements is essential to ensuring cost-effective solutions across ICT and organisational wellbeing efforts to support the ‘new normal’.
Bloom have assembled a panel of ICT and Organisational Change and Wellbeing experts across Bloom’s supplier community for insights into the legacy workplace challenges facing local authorities, and the technological/wellbeing aspects of future-proofing working environments.
Embracing the digital ‘new normal’ revolution
ICT experts from our supplier community address investment priorities around legacy infrastructure and the best methods of consolidating rapid changes made at the height of the pandemic.
Increasing employee engagement in the ‘new normal’
Organisational Change and Wellbeing experts from our supplier community explore the current trends local authorities are employing to support morale, culture and employee wellbeing.
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