There was a slight shift in emphasis in the latest Team Talk.
Previous Team Talk discussions have focused on the immediate impact of working during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, how services have coped with the changes and the beginnings of discussions about how our office space can be best used.
In the latest Team Talk, Chief Executive, Jim Savege prompted colleagues from across the council to consider whether our services need to adapt to meet demand in the ‘new normal.’
Jim Savege said: “I was really pleased with the conversation amongst colleagues about how we as an organisation communicate with our communities. Have our communities’ needs changed as a result of the pandemic? We need to consider what worked well before the Coronavirus and what we have done to adjust to the changing world, we now find ourselves in.
“Are there functions we have traditionally performed that are no longer vital? I am encouraging each service to carry out an impact assessment so that we can all take stock of what has happened.
“The Team Talks will play an important role in cross council conversations amongst colleagues which will shape how we as an organisation become more flexible and agile and adapt to a new way of working in the ‘new normal.’”
Please take a moment to complete a short questionnaire about the latest Team Talk. Your feedback is useful and helps shape future Team Talk events.
A recording of the latest Team Talk is available on our YouTube channel. Please continue the conversation in the One Aberdeenshire Yammer group.
The next Team Talk takes place from 12pm to 1pm on Thursday, July 9. A link will be circulated shortly.
Team Talk transcript
In the questionnaire feedback it has been mentioned it has been difficult to read the instant messages in the YouTube recording. Here is a transcript for anyone wishing to view the recording:
Jonathan Moyes 09:15:
morning everyone! Thank you for taking the time to join the Team Talk this
morning. If you aren’t speaking please remember to mute your mic. We are hoping
to get underway at 9:30am. Please take a moment to complete a short
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Your feedback is really important as it shapes future Team Talks.
Oliver Deeming 09:23:
cannot hear this call is any one else having difficulties?
Jonathan Moyes 09:25:
be underway in around five minutes.
Jonathan Moyes 09:28:
remember to mute your mic if you aren't speaking during the talk.
Sandra Murdoch 09:29:
Jim Savege 09:29:
Jonathan Moyes 09:29:
Karen Donald 09:29:
Jonathan Moyes 09:29:
message wasn't sent to Wilma Tod.
Good morning Sandra.
May Vanni 09:30:
Nicola Twine 09:30:
Ann Stewart 09:30:
Glynis Buchan 09:30:
Aleksandra Sidorenko 09:30:
Denise Thomson 09:30:
Katy Jones 09:31:
Jonathan Moyes 09:31:
Alexander Falconer 09:48:
Lynne Gravener 09:48:
I think that makes sense
Denise Thomson 09:48:
Ashleigh Eaton 09:48:
David Anderson 09:48:
Nicola Twine 09:48:
Ann Stewart 09:48:
Sandra Murdoch 09:48:
Jill Duguid 09:48:
Samantha Rawlins 09:48:
Michael Stephen 09:50:
your opinion is there a lot of hope for the next we'll say 5 years?
Michael Stephen 09:52:
can we do as workers to help to save the councils and ourselves future?
Jonathan Moyes 09:52:
you think there might be a disconnect to what services consider as important
and what communities think is important?
Nicola Twine 09:53:
and delivery must be needs and evidenced based - with our communities,
understanding them through quality relationships and discussions - not just
clumsy consultations (which can be costly and damaging). What do they need for
work, education, adjustments, adapting and family and community survival moving
Jillian Wood 09:53:
totally agree Nicola
Michael Stephen 09:55:
Sandra Murdoch 09:55:
feel we have to take the public with us. Help reduce resistance and
Jillian Wood 09:57:
departments do it well like CLD but many departments dont do it well at all and
have consultations but their minds are really already decided
Jillian Wood 09:57:
do you promote community spirt instead of just the same 30 people from a community
Susan Cochrane 10:00:
agree Jim - if Communities want to get out there and cut the grass/ clear
snow/litter pick whatever - we should be encouraging them.
Sandra Murdoch 10:02:
has been amazing at keeping public spaces clean, tidy and cutting grass the
past few weeks.
Samantha Rawlins 10:04:
agree Sandra. I think to encourage communities to continue the good they have
been doing, is to ensure we don't tie them up in red tape but work with them to
allow them to undertake tasks safely but empower them at the same time
Ann Stewart 10:04:
Susan - we keep the path outside our house tidy (clearing up other people's
rubbish!), tidy up weeds along the path outside our ground, and also clear the
path and part of the road off our drive of snow in the winter-time.
Susan Cochrane 10:05:
think in general we are resistant to change - this situation has shaken us all
Ann Stewart 10:05:
Sandra Murdoch 10:05:
agree, One Aberdeenshire has been trying to do this I think
Susan Donald 10:05:
think we're flexible but I don't think that we're good explaining or managing
Nicola Twine 10:06:
are opportunities to be advanced on within all of this for sure!
Nicola Twine 10:07:
conversations bringing in all levels of leadership, creativity and solutions -
that are accessible and can get through power dynamics
Fiona McCallum 10:08:
think we aspire to be flexible but sometimes may feel confined by bureaucracy -
we need to grasp this opportunity to make some difficult decisions
Michael Stephen 10:09:
need to make our LLA services a bi t more flexible and less rigid in attracting
customers. Let's see how that works. There seems to me speaking to customers
and potential ones not that easy to hire the halls for instance.
Jim Savege 10:09:
Jillian Wood 10:09:
not think the public always realise how tight budgets are and how we prioritise
or why some decisions are made over others so i think we really need to
publicise the council and be open about how decisions are made blow our own
Karen Donald 10:10:
C19 happened or not, I really think we need to be much clearer, stronger, in
the message to the public on what we do. The days of the Council fixing
everything or being responsible for everything are long, long gone. We simply
don't have the funds anymore. The public simply expect too much from our
resources simply because they pay their council tax. A lot of people still
think like this I'm afraid. How you change that, I haven't quite worked out yet
but I'm trying!
Jillian Wood 10:11:
Fiona McCallum 10:12:
to be a recognition that not all our communities are the same and may be
different solutions for different area
Susan Cochrane 10:14:
is right in that one size does not fit all. School transport is a case in
point. It isn't safe in rural areas for kids to walk to school along single
track lanes - but in our towns? We have a national crisis with overweight
children so surely this is a way to improve fitness and save money?
Michael Stephen 10:16:
Ashleigh Eaton 10:17:
think it needs to be a team effort. Everyone, every service needs to do their
part to help in any way we can in this financial crisis
Sandra Murdoch 10:18:
Margaret Khan 10:19:
is correct. More walking, it would make sense and would be financially
Samantha Rawlins 10:19:
are hyperlocal sites that could be utilised too as they have a greater reach
than printed paper and is also more instantaneous
Nicola Twine 10:21:
David Mccubbin 10:23:
Peterhead, as part of the Peterhead Town Team, we have an initiative called
'Positive Peterhead' where across services we pull together positive and
constructive stories about what services are doing in and for the town and the
community. It works well and our messages get shared through corporate comms,
social media, news releases, newsletters and by the community through their
networks. We have a monthly regeneration column in the Buchan Observer newspaper
and similar in Banff, Macduff and Fraserburgh.
Fiona McCallum 10:25:
Michael Stephen 10:26:
your continuing support
Ann Stewart 10:27:
open and having open discussions like this is good - hope they continue.....
Jonathan Moyes 10:28:
you for taking part in the Team Talk this morning. I hope you found it useful
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Your feedback is really useful as it shapes future Team Talks. See you at
another Team Talk soon!
Nicola Twine 10:28:
- it's been a useful discussion and well managed (first one I've been to -
encouraging, thanks!). Keep things open, inclusive, welcoming and encouraging
of participation, solutions and creativity at all levels :-)
Ono Ileladewa 10:29:
Ann Stewart 10:29:
Jim - have a good day/week everybody!!
Fiona McCallum 10:29:
Peter McAllister 10:29:
Ailsa Cunningham 10:29:
Ashleigh Eaton 10:29:
Gary Lock 10:29:
Angela Robertson 10:29:
Aleksandra Sidorenko 10:29:
Andrew Mcintyre 10:29:
Lesley Duthie 10:29:
you another interesting discussion
Jim Savege 10:29: