Joint policy for improving HR management and expertise of the digitalising state   (2016-10-07)

Commissioned by the Ministry of Finance, the State Treasury investigated what kind of concrete operating practice reforms and changes to duties and operational powers could be used to harmonise the development of central government expertise, HR processes and HR management. The goal is to improve the productivity and effectiveness of government agencies and institutions and to strengthen the model of central government corporate governance. The investigation is a part of the government’s key project on improving management and implementation.
 
“With the methods presented by the State Treasury, we can simultaneously unify government corporate personnel management as well as increase cooperation between administrative branches and the significance of strategic HR. We at the Ministry of Finance are immediately beginning preparations for implementing the policies presented in the report”, says Anu Vehviläinen, Minister of Local Government and Public Reforms, who is responsible for the key project on management.

The report showed that agencies feel that they need support with strategic steering and with personnel management and development of expertise. Policies were especially requested for managing personnel resources, formulating a HR strategy, realising management by information, and for the expertise management strategy.

HR director for the government

The HR investigation clearly showed that there has been no systematic development of expertise for the state, although the need for it has been widely accepted.

“When it comes to it, the success of central government depends on expertise, and that's why we need to make central government an interesting workplace specifically by ensuring personnel’s competence and high level of expertise. As a part of expertise management, more effort needs to go into government personnel management”, says Timo Laitinen, Director General of the State Treasury.

“We need mechanisms for developing the expertise of all of central government and for better utilising the expertise of current personnel. One central measure is increasing internal mobility, and our report suggests that this should be handled by a centre of HR expertise”, states Laitinen.

The State Treasury was also commissioned to investigate the need for establishing a governmental HR director. As one measure, the State Treasury report suggests establishing a HR directorship in the Ministry of Finance. The governmental HR director would be in charge of the harmonised strategic development and implementation of the central government’s personnel and management policy.

In the final report of the investigation, the State Treasury presents numerous measures for harmonising the development of expertise, HR processes and personnel management. Some of the proposed measures can be implemented immediately, while some will require amendments to legislation or to collective agreements, and others will require changes to operating practices and culture. However, it is most important to begin the reform of HR management swiftly, as this will support the objectives laid down in Prime Minister Juha Sipilä's strategic government programme regarding the improvement of legal provisions, the introduction of a culture of experimentation and improvements to management and implementation.

Further information:

• Special Adviser Tuomas Vanhanen, Ministry of Finance, tel. +358 2955 530 216, tuomas.vanhanen(at)vm.fi
• Director General Timo Laitinen, State Treasury, tel. +358 295 50 2200, timo.laitinen(at)valtiokonttori.fi

Final report “Joint policy for improving HR management and expertise of a digital state” www.valtiokonttori.fi/HR-selvitys
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The State Treasury carried out the investigation during April-September 2016. During the spring and early summer, the State Treasury interviewed a total of 39 agencies and consulted other group operators (Ministry of Finance, the Finnish Government Shared Services Centre for Finance and HR, HAUS Finnish Institute of Public Management Ltd) and the government's key agreement organisations. Through interviews, the State Treasury gathered concrete development proposals for harmonising the development of expertise, HR processes and personnel management so that the productivity and effectiveness of government agencies and institutions are improved as a whole, and the model of central government corporate governance is strengthened. More than one thousand development suggestions were received. Based on the collected material and consultations, the final report of the State Treasury investigation will present 7 strategic policies that can help strengthen HR management and human resources expertise in central government. The strategic policies comprise a total of 23 measures. On 28 September 2016, the final report was handed to Minister of Local Government and Public Reforms Anu Vehviläinen, who is responsible for the Government's key project on improving management and implementation.

Target group: All
Core process: Supporting personnel management
Published 2016-10-07 at  15:57 , updated 2016-10-07 at  15:57 Suomeksi   På svenska   In English

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