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A great place to work

A range of blogs illustrating the theme of the same name, one of the four supporting pillars of the vision of 'A Brilliant Civil Service'.

The strapline for this theme is: "A brilliant Civil Service - a great place to work. It will continue to be inclusive, flexible, modern and connected, sitting at the heart of a wider public service. In everything we do we will encourage openness, challenge, innovation and excellence."

The three other pillars of the vision are: Improved outcomes; Effective leaders; Skilled people.

Living with loss: A little message goes a long way

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When Keela Shackell-Smith was rocked by her mum’s death, she founded The Grief Cafe to bring bereaved staff together, and her subsequent blog struck a chord with you. Now she’s back, determined to help staff who lost loved ones during …

A Question of Honours

Stephanie Karpetas OBE receiving her honour at Buckingham Palace

The nation’s favourite celebrities may dominate the headlines when they’re awarded honours, but also included in every honours list are members of the public from a range of backgrounds. Civil servant Stephanie Karpetas shares the story of her own Palace …

Government Grand Designs

The Government School of Property is the one-stop-shop for all learning and development for property professionals

Managing the UK's biggest property portfolio of 300,000 public buildings is undeniably a tall order. Now the Civil Service has launched the Government School of Property to help staff deliver the best possible public services. Government property is a brilliant …

Disability and Me

Gill Atkinson with Elders of the Eleme People in Ogoniland

Gill Atkinson, Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, shares her inspiring account of living and successfully working with an invisible disability. I was recently asked in a FCDO survey, ‘Do you self-define as disabled?’  At a personal level, the question annoyed …

Next-Gen Leadership in the Civil Service: what to expect

Caroline Murray on what today's aspiring leaders are likely to need for tomorrow. The last couple of years have been a timely reminder why world-class leadership in the Civil Service matters more than ever.  The pandemic response and EU Exit …

Putting disability at the heart of everything we do

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The National Disability Strategy aims to improve disabled people’s everyday lives. Learn more about the Civil Service’s commitment to support disabled civil servants to thrive at work. Today the Government has published the National Disability Strategy, which aims to tackle …

Take 5 Minutes - and Help Beat Meeting Fatigue

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Adrian Chesson offers some simple tips on how taking just five minutes can create a little bit of space to give a big boost to your wellbeing.  I am proud to be part of a team here at the Office …