Many departments have made employee engagement a priority focus area over the past few years. Even so, the Public Service Employee Survey (PSES) results in this area have remained relatively consistent since 2011. With so much investment going into transformation these days, how will we truly change without an increasingly engaged workforce? read more
Author: Kathy Roy
Kathy Roy has implemented business transformation and change management projects in complex organizations for over two decades. She has worked with major companies, both public and private, and with numerous business sectors in both Canada and the United States. She is part of Systemscope's Strategic Business Consulting practice.
Every generation has faced its mountain of criticism and negative stereotyping. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the millennial generation (approx. age 16-34) is no different. This criticism seems to reach new heights when the generation clash occurs within the workplace. This is nothing new as the value of ‘experience’ usually clashes with the value of ‘new ways of doing things’. read more
Six years ago, no one was talking about performance measurement, and that presented some distinct challenges. Now, everyone is talking about performance measurement, and that is presenting some entirely new challenges.
We’ve seen a clear trend on many of our service design projects. Everybody is talking about the importance of adopting a client-centric approach. It makes sense, after all, to position the client at the centre of our service design efforts. But doesn’t it also make sense to include Business Process Management (BPM) in our early planning activities? read more
Thinking back to my time in the private sector, we were implementing ‘continuous improvement’ projects that delivered measurable results. We only really delivered measurable results when managers took real measurable action. read more
The topic of performance measurement is on everyone’s mind these days. Government departments are being asked to adopt data-driven decision making, and in response I bear witness to organizations striving to respond to this call for action. I also see those same organizations struggling to understand how to respond.
What does data-driven decision making mean? read more
Enabling work includes policy development, guidance creation, training, planning, strategy, and reporting functions, and other work which “enables” or “supports” the core business of a department. We typically think of business process mapping (BPM) as related to the core business, and not so much with the functions that support this business.
In fact, BPM and enabling work overlap in many ways. If you’re asking the question, you are definitely not alone. Indeed, you are part of a large majority of public sector workers. By default, that makes my opinion quite unpopular and out of step with the norm. But does that necessarily make it unfounded or irrelevant? read more
On the job we are often confronted with complex business problems and are asked to prepare solutions for implementation. Focusing on functions when we should be focusing on processes may result in wasted time and effort (and vice versa). read more