One Public Estate – Smarter Working Together - awards nominations

The Way We Work programme (TW3) in government aims to “create a decent working environment for all staff, with modern workplaces enabling flexible working, substantially improved IT tools and streamlined security requirements to be less burdensome for staff”.

The One Public Estate brings together central government, local authorities and wider the public sector to work in partnership on innovative and ambitious projects.  Through collaboration, the One Public Estate supports the public sector to use its combined assets to deliver integrated services and result in people focused services and innovative working practices for staff.


This new award has been created to celebrate local and central government bodies working in partnership to deliver a better service and/ or a smarter ways of working for their employees.  See the TW3 awards digital campaign sheet for further information on the awards and how to apply.  Nominations should include one or more examples of the following a) empowering employees across organisations to work where, how and when they choose, to maximise their productivity and in ways that deliver the greatest value to their business and/or service users; b) offering a range of flexible working options that transform working practices and/ or service delivery; c) work environments that enable the greatest flexibility for all users; c) new forms of flexible collaboration that enable people to work together across locations and organisations; d) culture change to enable greater organisational agility and innovation across organisations; e) a trust-based culture that focuses on management by outcomes rather than presence.

Judging criteria:

  • Through rationalising the public estate and co-locating teams, space in buildings supports a wide range of activity based settings; and is not allocated on seniority. It enables people to work easily without access, security or IT issues. People are encouraged to work from different locations including other space or offices within the organisation, supplier or client sites, local community spaces and home.
  • Integrated services embody a ‘one service’ approach and through smart working, bring support functions together to promote front line collaborative working.  Improved outputs/outcomes for service users that showcase better, more customer-focused delivery.
  • People demonstrate awareness and engagement with smart working and there is a culture of discussing how smart working can improve business performance, wellbeing and customer service. Senior leaders (including board members and line managers) role model smart working, with good practice recognised and celebrated. Everyone is assumed to be capable of Smart Working without assumptions being made about people or roles.
  • The senior leadership actively encourage management by outcomes rather than presenteeism and staff have the freedom to balance choice of where and when to work with responsibility to meet business needs. Encouragement of smart working is widespread across the organisation.

See the TW3 awards digital campaign sheet for further information on the awards and how to apply.

posted by The LGA One Public Estate Programme Team on 25th November 2016

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