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Public Servants as Partners for Growth
Toward a Stronger, Leaner and More Equitable Workforce
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  17 Jan 2012
Pages: 256 , Language: English
Version: Print (Paperback) + PDF
ISBN: 9789264166691 , OECD Code: 422011231P1
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Public Servants as Partners for Growth:Toward a Stronger, Leaner and More Equitable Workforce compiles the main policy lessons of the work of the Public Employment and Management Network of the Public Governance Committee on reallocation of the public workforce, managing competencies, and fostering diversity. Its basic underpinning is that for the public service to make a contribution and underpin the economic recovery and growth it requires modernising its governance structures. Civil service systems are at public management’s core; hence they are central to governmental effectiveness. In the current context, countries need to ensure that the public workforce is motivated and committed to delivery, and produce change, despite the need for pay restraints and redundancies. Investments in the quality of people management, strategic workforce planning, competencies and diversity of the public workforce are critical to make it more competent, flexible and adaptable in order to have a competitive, innovative and inclusive public sector. Governments have to maintain and improve the capacity of the public service while at the same time producing savings. The key issue is seeing the public workforce as an asset and not as a cost.

Table of contents:

Executive summary
Chapter 1 Managing the public workforce through difficult times
-Helping restore public finances – tackling government’s operational expenditure
-Drivers for change in the public sector
-Better management for a more efficient public sector
-How could the management capability of the public service be enhanced?
Chapter 2 Getting it right: restructuring the government workforce
-Objectives, scope and approach
-Historical background
-Current workforce initiatives
-What lessons can be drawn from past experience?
-Annex 2.A1. Provisions relating to termination of employment of public servants in situations of workforce reduction
Chapter 3 The government shift to competency management
-What is competency management?
-The nature of the shift
-The case for competency management in the public service
-A basis for strategic human resource management
-Competency management in the HRM process
-A roadmap for implementing competency management
-Barriers and limitations of competency management
-Competencies of the future
-Conclusions and challenges ahead
Chapter 4 Fostering diversity in the public service
-Defining “diversity”
-The case for diversity in the public service
-The obstacles to diversity
-Developing diversity policies
-The way forward
Chapter 5 Policy lessons for restructuring public workforce management
-What are the lessons?
-Conclusion: Getting ready for the future

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