Best Places achievement is thanks to council staff

I am delighted that Castle Morpeth Borough Council has won the employee engagement category at this year’s Best Places to Work in HR Awards. This follows on from our recent success in coming fourth in this year’s Best Council to Work for awards.

The quality of our services is inextricably linked to the quality of our staff. For me, there was no better example of how our employees put discretionary effort into their work than during the severe flooding Morpeth experienced last month. Many staff volunteered to work through the weekend and beyond, taking on roles outside their normal function but all for the benefit of the public they serve.

Classed as a weak council by the Audit Commission five years ago, we went on an improvement journey and recognised that all the investment, re-engineered processes and new technology could not succeed if we didn’t bring our staff with us.

Through a number of successful initiatives, we have benefited from increased levels of staff engagement and have been recognised as one of the most improved councils in the country.

I want to take this opportunity to thank my staff for all they do local government is a challenging but rewarding place to work and HR plays a key role in recruiting, developing and retaining talent.

We were the only local authority to be shortlisted for a Personnel Today Best Places to Work in HR Award in 2008 I hope there is a significant increase next year as my HR colleagues across the sector seek to publicise the great things they are doing.

Paul Moody, HR and performance manager, Castle Morpeth Borough Council

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