Hello PPMA members and friends
Our guest blogger this week is Lisa Hooley who is Head of Workforce and Core Strategy, Trafford Council and also Vice-Chair, North West PPMA. Lisa shares with us, some of the key points that came out of an event on reward held recently at the prestigious Lancashire County Cricket Club.
‘Wednesday 1st October saw Trafford Council hosting a joint North West PPMA/PENNA event on the topic of employee reward and motivation – with a specific focus on whether the private sector has it easier when it comes to motivating its workforce, together with how the public sector can learn from the private sector or whether the context is so different that nothing is transferable.
The audience, made up of public and private sector delegates, heard from four excellent guest speakers: our very own National PPMA President, Louise Tibbert, Sean Harriss, Chief Executive at Bolton Council, Daniel Gidney, Chief Executive at Lancashire County Cricket Club and Laura Whyte, former Personnel Director at John Lewis.
Chaired by Julie Towers, Chief Executive at PENNA and Mike Burton, Executive Editor of the MJ, presenters and delegates took part in a stimulating debate about their challenges and successes. Whilst there were some aspects that were not transferable, such as bonus payments (due to equal pay implications), it was felt that the public sector offers excellent flexible / agile working arrangements and is also imaginative in offering no-cost benefits, such as salary sacrifice (car, bicycles, home technology and childcare vouchers, amongst others) and schemes giving employees discounts at local and national retailers.
The desire for fun and happiness in the workplace came across strongly, delivered through a wide range of activities including charity fund-raising events and health and well-being days. The provision of Total Reward statements also helps employees see the true value of their salary and benefits package.
One method used is to clearly articulate to employees that for every ‘give’, there’s a ‘get’, for example, staff can work flexibly but it is expected that they will put in discretionary effort. This generated a lot of interest and it was felt that this is a simple, but powerful approach that can be applied much more within the public sector.
Delegates left at the end of the evening, inspired and keen to put their learning into practice – and also heartened to know that the public and private sectors have a lot in common when it comes to reward and motivation strategies.
If you wish to discuss this further, please contact Lisa Hooley at [email protected] ‘
Head of Workforce and Core Strategy, Trafford Council and Vice-Chair, North West PPMA