Managing people

18 articles

VIDEO - appraisals

Watch this 30 minute introductory video to this topic that covers: the purpose of appraisals pickin…

VIDEO - being a good employer

Watch this 10 minute video that covers: the council as an employer the importance of good governanc…

VIDEO - building an effective personnel committee

Watch this 30 minute introductory video to this topic that covers: The importance of ensuring local…

VIDEO - handling grievances

Watch this 30 minute introductory video to this topic that covers: Who do employees complain to, an…

VIDEO - recruitment

Watch this 30 minute introductory video to this topic that covers: Deciding who in the council is r…

VIDEO - sickness and absence

Watch this 30 minute introductory video to this topic that covers: understanding the legal position…

a. The components of being a good employer

Whether your council employs a single member of staff for a few hours a week or you are a larger co…

b. Employer obligations

Like any employer, a local council must be seen to act in a fair and reasonable manner in relation…

c. The importance of teamwork

The most effective councils are those with a climate of mutual respect. This means there are effect…

d. Recruitment

Employees should be seen as an investment as they are key to helping your council deliver the outco…

e. Employee rights and obligations

Whilst not all workers are employees (some people are self-employed for example) it is the view of…

f. Pay, contracts and pension

Under s.112 of the Local Government 1972 a council can set salaries at whatever reasonable level th…

g. Staffing committees

As a corporate body the whole council makes decisions about recruitment and management of staff. A…

h. Appraisals

Management of staff is a continuous process and an annual review of an employee's performance is an…

i. Disputes

Unfortunately from time to time there will be disagreements between the council and its officers. I…

j. The end of the contractual relationship

The Good Councillor Guide to Being a Good Employer has a useful section where the contractual relat…

k. NALC publication (e-book) The Good Councillor Guide to Employment.

NALC have reviewed this publication and 2023 is now available. LINK TO THE GOOD COUNCILLOR GUIDE TO…

l. Training and development

Having appropriately trained employees ensures local councils are better equipped to deliver better…