The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has the “worst public sector management team” in government, according to Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS).
Speaking exclusively to Personnel Today, Serwotka called the DWP’s management strategy “one of the best examples of how not to do things”.
And with HR very much in mind, he added: “The DWP has the worst public sector management team we’ve ever had to deal with. It has no confidence in the workforce. No other government department has had to deal with 14 national strikes in the past four years.”
However, he acknowledged that HR professionals were stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to working in the public sector.
“Is the role of HR increasingly to say that some of the things that you're being asked to do is demoralising your workforce in such a way that it is not in the interests of your organisation?”
He said HR professionals were often victims of politicisation and forced to advocate policies they did not agree with.
“I don’t hold HR people responsible for all our ills,” he said.
“HR people are often victims of the government’s changes, having to adapt their role to deliver political targets. The trust in Civil Service manag