Stirling Council has been developing a New Ways of Working Programme for its services and staff as part of the local authority’s recovery from the pandemic.
Stirling Council has been developing a New Ways of Working Programme for its services and staff as part of the local authority’s recovery from the pandemic.

COVID-19 and the consequent need for many Council staff to work from home has shifted ideas about how, when and where staff work, and created a unique opportunity to transform both the way work is carried out, and to reimagine service provision.

Members of the Council’s Finance and Economy Committee discussed the initial Hybrid Working Principles, which provide a framework to consider how roles are undertaken, and include the consideration of various hybrid work styles (Hybrid, Fixed and Home worker).

Working to deliver the best service

The principles will enable Council services and employees to work in ways which deliver the best possible service provision for Stirling’s communities and citizens, while also improving, as far as possible, the balance in home and working life and also support the good health and wellbeing of staff. 

Convenor of the Finance and Economy Committee, Councillor Margaret Brisley, said: “Covid-19 has shifted experience of how, when and where work is undertaken, and has challenged us to think about the ways we can best deliver our services to our citizens.

“Over the past few years many of us have experience the advantages, opportunities and challenges of working differently.

“We now have a unique chance to take the best of our experiences and use the New Ways of Working Programme, and initially the Hybrid Working principles, to transform the way we deliver services, improving both service delivery and employee wellbeing.”

Building new approaches

Vice Convenor, Councillor Alison Laurie said: “Staff have adapted extremely well during the lockdown restrictions, bringing forward transformational change in the way that services are delivered.

“A staff survey was undertaken which has highlighted that the majority of staff are supportive of a move to hybrid working.

“This gives us a real opportunity to continue to collaborate together to imbed and improve the good practices we have developed, learn from our experiences, and to jointly build new approaches to both the way we undertake our work and how we work together as teams.”