UK civil servants spent years building the systems to support remote working – then the pandemic arrived, presenting a huge test of those capabilities. According to new research carried out by GGF and Dell Technologies, they’ve passed with flying colours: in a survey of more than 900 civil servants, 73% said they can carry out their full role working remotely, with a further 22% able to do most of their work from home. And this change is here to stay: with 82% of officials saying that in future they want to spend more time working remotely, a flexible working offer will be central to employers’ recruitment and retention policies over the years to come.
A long-term shift to remote working will bring many benefits for civil service bodies, including savings on office costs and access to a broader labour pool. But putting these new working methods on a sustainable footing also presents challenges: organisations must consider, for example, how to support effective collaboration and staff management in a distributed workforce. What’s more, the survey did highlight concerns around the security of devices and practices: fewer than one in five, for example, say their employer has checked the security of their home wifi settings.
At this webinar, civil service and Dell Technologies experts will set out the findings of this major new survey on remote working – presenting a detailed picture of civil servants’ views and experiences over the last year – and explore implications for civil service leaders and managers. Covering core issues such as those around staff development, working practices, workspace planning and security, the webinar will be of particular interest both to digital, HR and property teams, and to all those managing remote-working staff.
• Webinar chair: Siobhan Benita, former UK senior civil servant
• Tariq Hussain, Senior Director, UK Public Sector, Dell Technologies
• Dominic Brankin, Director, Workplace Services, Government Property Agency, UK