Theman behind Government plans to relocate thousands of civil service posts out ofLondon has reiterated the fact that good HR is at the heart of the process.SirMichael Lyons, who’s reviewof public sector relocation was published earlier this year, said he was askedto pay particular attention to the people aspects of relocation. “TheGovernment had a strong idea that the people side of things was important; itwas on the initial agenda,” he told PersonnelToday. Lyonsrecommended that 20,000 civil service posts should be relocated to the regionsby 2010, with the possibility of that figure rising to 60,000 by 2015.Hesaid the current agenda for relocation was more radical than ever before andthere should be an emphasis on moving posts, not post-holders.”[Government]departments need to be more disciplined about who needs to move,” he said.”Londonand the South East has aflourishing jobs market and more people can stay and find alternativeemployment.”Agood relocation process is about engaging staff at an early stage andunderstanding that people have different opinions about what shouldhappen,” he added.Lyonssaid recognition that HR is vital to the process was demonstrated by the factthere was a chapter in his report devoted to the human dimension of relocation.Speakingat the Public Sector Relocation Conference in Londonlast week, Lyonstold senior civil servants that changes in working practices were essentialwithin their sector as there was still a meetings-dominated view of business.He also encouraged the increased use of both tele– and video-conferencing. “The status quois open to challenge.” he said.By Mike Berry Good HR is essential factor in relocationsOn 21 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.