With Facebook and Google revolutionising news consumption and advertising, the debate over media ownership rules is stopping a far more important cons
We recently moved our readers to a new system. You may need to reset your password here to login.
Not a member ? Join here for free.
Forgot your password?
Home News Lloyd’s law: commissioner’s tough talk on productivity
Text size :
DEPARTMENTSAustralian Public Service Commission
TAGS Australian Public Service Commission, performance management, Workforce planning, John Lloyd
Public servants are on notice. New Commonwealth commissioner John Lloyd targeted “soft” employment conditions, underperformance and unjustified stress complaints in a provocative speech today.
New Australian public service commissioner John Lloyd wants to see authority pushed back down to lower levels and more engagement with the private sector, where he believes the keys to productivity can be found.
In Lloyd’s view, public service productivity is held back by “soft” employment conditions, excessive personal leave, underperformance and workplace dysfunction that is difficult to address. Performance management is “hamstrung” by the lack of bonus pay, workplace stress has the potential to be “overhyped” and the APS needs to become more “outwardly focused”.
“One of the things that I’ve noticed is that the enterprise agreements which apply throughout a lot of the public service are basically very soft, compared to the private sector, and they often act as an impediment to more productive workplaces,” he said in a speech to the Institute of Public Administration Australia ACT branch at the National Portrait Gallery this morning.
Receive unlimited access, get all the latest public sector news and features, plus The Juice, our daily news update sent direct to your inbox.
The Mandarin is where Australia's public sector leaders discuss their work and the issues faced within modern bureaucracy. Join today to discover the latest in public administration thinking and news from our dedicated reporters, current and former agency heads and senior executives.
Stephen Easton is a journalist at The Mandarin based in Canberra. He's previously reported for Canberra CityNews and worked on industry titles for The Intermedia Group.
Read Related Content
Are you adventurous? Tolerant of ambiguity? Take the Dealing With Change test and find out if you have the attributes required to cope with the new reality for public servants facing restructure.
Devolution, FOI reform and providing "safe spaces" for fearless advice is needed, an IPAA ACT forum heard from several federal secretaries including the head of the Australian Public Service, Martin Parkinson.