Sorry folks, a later blog update than normal from me…as with many of you, I’ve been immersed in preparations for the forthcoming 2 day industrial action affecting local government employees and some sections of the civil service (including having some bizarre conversations about proposed strike exemptions and strange information from the unions on schools included in the strike that aren’t even within the public sector!).
Last week, from a PPMA perspective, involved catching up on some of the ‘business’ of the association including some of our commercial/contractual arrangements, reviewing Policy Board minutes for approval and seeking to organise an ‘Edinburgh Summit’ with our colleagues north of the border in the Society of Personnel Directors in Scotland or SPDS – we are really keen to develop a stronger partnership with SPDS and bring the common agendas of both organisations together. As a fellow Scot, this is an issue very close to my heart.
Other than these issues, last week was spent upon more of a Cambridgeshire focus – it’s really important to make sure the day job comes first and that my employer and my team gets the same level of support and advice that they would normally receive, even whilst I’m being Mr.PPMA for 2008/09.
Seriously though, this week will finally see an advert being issued to PPMA members inviting applications to become one of our new Lead Officers for Diversity, HR Transformation or Talent Management – these are all serious roles that need serious contributions and commitment from the people appointed to undertake them. As a Lead Officer, you’ll be a member of the PPMA Policy Board and have the chance to shape the overall approach of the Association as well as providing ‘thought leadership’ on one of these key areas for our membership, working with a range of stakeholders, partners and the HR media.
These are cracking opportunities for people willing to give of their time and energy and will allow you to build new and stronger networks with a range of people, raising your profile and that of your own organisation. Not for the faint hearted though, PPMA expects the best from our Lead Officers – most of all delivery, delivery, delivery!
By the way, I can personally recommend becoming a Lead Officer – that was my first real involvement with the policy board and the national end of the PPMA (it’s all been a slippery slope since then).
So, keep watching for the all member e-mail later this week and if you can match the expectations, put yourself forward and be prepared to get more involved in PPMA.