Council Asked To Consider New Workforce Plan

At the first meeting of Dumfries and Galloway Councils new Economy and Resources Committee on 12 Sept, Members will be asked to consider and approve the new Council-Wide Workforce Plan.

This plan has been developed to reflect the current Transformation work which is taking place throughout the Council. The plan sets out proposals to ensure that we have a workforce which will deliver on our ambitions for the future, for our organisation and for our area. It describes the challenges we face, and the strategic actions required to deliver our Council Plan vision: ‘To create opportunity and support ambition to promote and establish Dumfries and Galloway as the best place to live, work and learn.’

The council’s workforce has been greatly reduced over the past 5 years and during this time the Council has been able to deliver significant savings through a range of measures: vacancy management, early retirement and voluntary redundancy and staff movement.

To deliver changes and improve services to our communities we must continue to develop a culture of high performance across our Council, maximise employee engagement and create a working environment where everyone can have a rewarding work-life.

Regular focus groups, monthly staff-engagement surveys and ongoing working groups continue to be used to encourage employees to feedback on a wide range of issues affecting our workforce, such as organisational culture, maximising attendance and health and wellbeing.

Chair of Economy and Resources, Rob Davidson said: “The public sector is facing challenging times and we must support our workforce to remain resilient and committed.  In our Council Plan we recognise that in order to achieve our vision and priorities, it is vital that our workforce is more diverse, flexible, skilled, engaged and motivated than ever before. We need to build on the initiatives already in place to align our workforce requirements directly to the Council Plan.

Archie DryburghVice Chair, Archie Dryburgh said: “This plan is essential to ensure we have a workforce which is efficient, streamlined and fit for the future. It recognises the need to change the way we operate, particularly in this current economic climate. Our employees do a great job for our communities every day and this is about recognising their commitment and professionalism but adapting to fulfil current and future needs.”