Matthew Pinto-Chilcott, owner of Consensus HR comments: “This is a very interesting article and comments from the Government and Jacob Rees-Mogg, the former Business Secretary and the fact that he believes employees working from home is the reason for poor service from the DVLA and other Government Departments. This is in conflict with many surveys that have been conducted on Flexible / Hybrid working where is has shown a flexible workforce tends to be more productive!
It demonstrates that whatever form of working arrangements you have with your team, it is vital that the team is managed correctly and all members kept in contact with, even if they are not in the office. It also demonstrates the need to ensure that the team are motivated and person / company SMART objectives set. This can be very hard considering the events that have occurred lately, but needs to be done.”
NEWS ARTICAL – Flexible working key to reducing pay gap, civil servants claim:
The Treasury’s annual pay report states that home working is one of the key policies it believes will drive down a 17% gap between men and women at the finance ministry. The proposal was included alongside other goals, such as a target for “50% representation at senior levels by 2024.” The report came as separate figures showed just 75% of Treasury staff were based on site during the week of the Autumn Statement. The figure was as low as 37% at the start of this year. Jacob Rees-Mogg, the former Business Secretary, said there was a correlation between poor productivity and home working in Whitehall. He said: “There’s been poor service from DVLA, the Passport Office, HM Revenue and Customs, and the Land Registry. All of them had high levels of working from home.”