26 September 2023

Case studies highlight work mobility

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The Australian Public Service Commission’s (APSC) Mobility Framework team has released three case studies showcasing the mobility stories of APS leaders.

The Commission released its Mobility Framework in April to support and guide members of the APS to use mobility as a strategic workforce tool.

APS Commissioner, Peter Woolcott said the case study stories ranged from international placements to practical tips on how to work with an employee who wanted to take a move.

Mr Woolcott said the three high-value uses of mobility were addressing surges or peaks in demand, solving complex problems and developing employees.

“The case studies are designed to help employees, managers, HR practitioners and executives see how they can use mobility as an effective tool for themselves and their teams,” Mr Woolcott said.

“The APS must be more permeable and mobile in order to foster diversity of thinking, the contestability of ideas and assist in capability development.

“At the same time, we need a balance; too much or poorly targeted mobility can have an adverse impact and we can lose subject matter expertise.”

The Commissioner said the Mobility Framework team’s Approaching temporary moves with a collaborative One APS mindset case study saw Paula Goodwin from the Bureau of Meteorology talk about the challenges of providing technical support to Services Australia during COVID-19 shutdowns and the surprising benefits to staff.

He said that in the Having the right conversation about staff mobility case study, Cassie Alexander from the Department of Finance discussed using mobility to enhance staff capability, including finding the right time for a move, navigating career conversations and succession planning.

Mr Woolcott said in the team’s Public/private sector exchanges case study, Radi Kovacevic and Kat Di Marco from Home Affairs and Treasury discussed the benefits of private sector mobility opportunities.

The APSC’s three Mobility Framework case studies can be accessed at this PS News link.

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