Non-job of the week

November 17, 2010 11:36 AM

Our recent report on non-jobs highlighted climate change officers as posts that could easily be dispensed with. Councils could take a lead from Windsor and Maidenhead Council who do not employ climate change officers. Instead it bought smart meters and energy consumption fell by 15%. Instead of wasting money, Windsor and Maidenhead saved money.

An advert in The Guardian reveals Cambridge City Council doesn’t think this way, and urgently needs a climate change officer, paying £15-17 per hour. It seems Gloucestershire County Council is also desperate to fill this non-job, and is willing to pay £20,198 - £26,276 per annum. In the job description the council asks the following:
"Are you interested in the environment? Are you interested in making a difference? If so this is the job for you! We are looking for a motivated self starter who will champion the environment in our sustainability team. You will be particularly focused on setting policy regarding preparing for climate change, monitoring effective action and ensuring the policy delivers the desired outcomes."

My advice is: Buy some smart meters!

The non-job this week though is brought to us by Surrey County Council who will shortly be interviewing for an Organisational Development Adviser - Talent Management, paying a salary of £32,169 per annum. When it comes to gobbledegook, Surrey has excelled itself. Sir Humphrey Appleby would have been very proud.
"In this key emerging assignment, you’ll work with the Head of HR&OD to help shape new ideas, strategies and policies in Organisation Development and Learning & Development. As the lead manager for this assignment, you’ll undertake research and analysis and you will recommend, design and deliver a fit-for-purpose Surrey County Council (SCC) strategy.

Specifically, you will be required initially to explore and build on best practice and innovative approaches from within SCC and in other organisations – including the private sector, think tanks, business schools and thought leaders. You will gather and share insights with stakeholders to help inform and shape a SCC perspective.

You will then build a strategy that focuses on bringing the best out of our people so that we benefit from the combined strength of a talented staff pool. This strategy will have an inclusive scope, it should support SCC’s world-class vision and values and it will be aligned with business objectives around performance, people and organisational capability. The result will be a greater sense of pride within the organisation and a stronger SCC employer brand. It will also help to inform and shape related OD activity."

I hope you feel enlightened! It should go without saying – but obviously still needs to be said – that councils should be concentrating on providing frontline services. If Surrey County Council wants to know how to improve the ‘working experience’ for its staff, why doesn’t it simply ask them?Our recent report on non-jobs highlighted climate change officers as posts that could easily be dispensed with. Councils could take a lead from Windsor and Maidenhead Council who do not employ climate change officers. Instead it bought smart meters and energy consumption fell by 15%. Instead of wasting money, Windsor and Maidenhead saved money.

An advert in The Guardian reveals Cambridge City Council doesn’t think this way, and urgently needs a climate change officer, paying £15-17 per hour. It seems Gloucestershire County Council is also desperate to fill this non-job, and is willing to pay £20,198 - £26,276 per annum. In the job description the council asks the following:
"Are you interested in the environment? Are you interested in making a difference? If so this is the job for you! We are looking for a motivated self starter who will champion the environment in our sustainability team. You will be particularly focused on setting policy regarding preparing for climate change, monitoring effective action and ensuring the policy delivers the desired outcomes."

My advice is: Buy some smart meters!

The non-job this week though is brought to us by Surrey County Council who will shortly be interviewing for an Organisational Development Adviser - Talent Management, paying a salary of £32,169 per annum. When it comes to gobbledegook, Surrey has excelled itself. Sir Humphrey Appleby would have been very proud.
"In this key emerging assignment, you’ll work with the Head of HR&OD to help shape new ideas, strategies and policies in Organisation Development and Learning & Development. As the lead manager for this assignment, you’ll undertake research and analysis and you will recommend, design and deliver a fit-for-purpose Surrey County Council (SCC) strategy.

Specifically, you will be required initially to explore and build on best practice and innovative approaches from within SCC and in other organisations – including the private sector, think tanks, business schools and thought leaders. You will gather and share insights with stakeholders to help inform and shape a SCC perspective.

You will then build a strategy that focuses on bringing the best out of our people so that we benefit from the combined strength of a talented staff pool. This strategy will have an inclusive scope, it should support SCC’s world-class vision and values and it will be aligned with business objectives around performance, people and organisational capability. The result will be a greater sense of pride within the organisation and a stronger SCC employer brand. It will also help to inform and shape related OD activity."

I hope you feel enlightened! It should go without saying – but obviously still needs to be said – that councils should be concentrating on providing frontline services. If Surrey County Council wants to know how to improve the ‘working experience’ for its staff, why doesn’t it simply ask them?

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