There's a big interest within Government around the potential to have many more of their employees working in a more flexible and mobile way. This can offer a number of benefits including reducing unnecessary trips into the office just to pick up paperwork, improving staff safety through automated alerts and reducing back office administration requirements. Of course this is a big change in working style and culture so it has to be handled very carefully.
One of the projects that we did with the Shared Learning Group over the last few months was around Flexible and Mobile Working. We did 3 proof of concept projects and we have videos which explain each one. I think the most interesting learning from these was that when the staff were involved in the design of these projects they were very positive and very enthusiastic.
We also dveeloped a Flexible Wokring Benefits Guide which captured the key areas that government organisations can look at to help them develop their business case for introducing these new ways of working. If you'd like a copy then please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Although this was all developed within Local Government we have found that various goverment organisations have also found this information interesting and useful.
Posted by Ellen
Thanks for sending a copy of the document, it was an interesting read and hears hoping for more efficient council departments via instant messaging/presence.
Thoughts these links might interesteding as they mention mobile working / trends.
http://blogs.msdn.com/jasonlan/archive/2007/01/18/work-life-balance-will-be-eclipsed-by-work-life-blending.aspx (See PDF for statistics)
"Organizations generate more and more information that is increasingly valuable, but also increasingly hard to locate and use in a meaningful way. Knowledge workers spend 15 percent to 30 percent of their work days looking for information, and at least 50 percent of online searches are not successful. The number and complexity of information sources are growing constantly, which results in people storing more data in more places. Disparate user interfaces present data differently, and this creates inconsistencies and confusion."
Thanks for posting these links and feedback Jonathan - and thanks for posting our 1st comment - here's hoping we get some more now!