Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. HR pros back joined-thinking but fear communication gap is too wideOn 7 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Public sector HR professionals support the idea of joined-up Government, butfear that communication difficulties between departments and a lack ofdirection are hampering its progress. Joined-up working is a key component of the Government’s policy to improveservice delivery by getting all agencies, departments and public bodies to workwith more cohesion. A recent poll shows the majority of HR professionals think joined-up workingwill benefit staff, with two-thirds believing it will focus training needs. However, the poll also reveals that HR believes a fear of culturaldifferences, poor middle management and a lack of communication between centraland local government are blocking new ways of working. Almost 60 per cent of the 101 public bodies polled by training providerLogicaCMG, wanted more direction from central government to help make thepolicy work. In addition, two-thirds of those in the NHS and local government think communicationbetween departments must improve if the reforms are to be successful. More than half of local government respondents and almost 40 per cent fromcentral government, fear that cultural differences between organisations aremajor inhibitors to the changes. The majority of respondents cited training as the main tool to help overcomethe current difficulties, and provide managers with the skills to makejoined-up Government work.