Brighton & Hove City Council‘s four new strategic directors are leading the council’s approach to new ways of working that is customer and service led. They are starting by sharing office space as well as support staff.
David Murray , Geoff Raw , Charlie Stewart and Terry Parkin are sharing one room, and support staff. Staff from external buildings will be moved into the vacated offices and much needed cash savings will be made. In the short term the office arrangement could save around £25,000.
Sharing support staff will save the council around £45,000 a year, making total savings in the region of £70,000.
Council leader Mary Mears said, “This new way of working allows the senior managers in the council to work together, share ideas and be flexible. They are joining up their thinking; in fact they almost have joined up desks! "
“Most of the office furniture has been recycled from other council offices and the directors are sharing support staff. Our most senior officers are setting an example by saving on office space and helping the council save money.”
The council is currently reorganising workspace across the council to provide more choice for staff and improve the environment for them and customers. Sharing space better is expected to reduce the council’s need for office accommodation over time by around 30%.
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