Hull City Council, along with the other three Humber local authorities and the University of Hull, have secured government funding for research into how technology can support workforces to choose how and where they want to work.
The partnership has secured £76,000 of funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to undertake the study.
Like all businesses and organisations, the four councils are considering how they can reshape and refine the services they deliver to the public, in a post-COVID world, in order to maximise staff wellbeing, efficiency and productivity as new solutions and ways of working are adopted as part of the Humber’s recovery.
Councillor Stephen Brady, leader of Hull City Council said: “We are keen to ensure the council has agile working practices and that we use the right technology to assist us in doing that. We are always looking for smarter ways of working to benefit staff, residents and help with the climate change emergency.
“I am very pleased the council is involved in this research which will ultimately help us to understand what has worked well, and provide us with experiences and views of local authority staff from across the Humber. The findings will help influence the future of how we work and deliver long term public benefit.”
The findings of the study will be published in a Government White Paper in the autumn and will identify the challenges, evidence findings and propose solutions for the wider Government to consider.