‘Understanding which impacts are temporary and which are permanent will be key to 2021’: IPO chief exec Tim Moss’s Covid reflections

2020 was a year unlike any other, with the coronavirus pandemic upending the work of government and changing how we live our daily lives. Senior figures from across the civil service tell us how the unprecedented 12 months affected them, and look ahead to 2021
IPO chief exec Tim Moss

By Civil Service World

18 Dec 2020

 

What are you proudest of the network achieving in 2020?

Without a doubt the way my staff have responded to the challenges they have faced – the way they have worked together and achieved so much.

What was the hardest part of being a leader in 2020?

Rethinking how to do things in this strange new world we are living in, where the formal has often become less formal and the informal become more formal, balancing the “here and now” urgent with the longer term strategic and thinking about how to maintain that sense of community that is such a part of the office when you don’t have the informal interactions form being together.

What are the main challenges facing the network in the coming year?

Responding to a post transition world which will significantly change our operations, understanding what the which impacts of Covid-19 on how we work are temporary and what are permanent and understanding the full impact of true hybrid working on the way we work.

People will have to be more creative about celebrating this year. How will you make the festive period on Zoom special?

The office has kicked off a virtual advent calendar with different virtual events each day in the run up to Christmas and at home we are focussed

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