Surrey Police deploys HR platform to plan and model staff restructuring

Surrey Police has deployed a human resources software platform to help plan major staff restructuring.

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Surrey Police has deployed a human resources software platform to help plan major staff restructuring.

The force went to HumanConcepts to deploy its OrgPlus Enterprise workforce decision support and charting system. Since implementation OrgPlus is said to have improved data accuracy and provided visibility into the force’s hierarchy.

The software has also been used to plan and model future organisational options.

Surrey Police’s HR planning team needed to conceptualise a smaller command structure to simplify the organisation and reduce costs.

With OrgPlus the team proactively managed re-organisation decisions by performing scenario planning and creating "what-if" calculations in real time. This created a "go-forward" structure that met organisational goals.

Zoe Latimer, HR business team member at Surrey Police, said, “OrgPlus enables employees at all levels to see exactly where they are positioned within the organisation and how their group relates to others.”

OrgPlus is available to all 5,000 force staff members through People Solutions, the force’s portal, enabling employees to easily access the organisational structure and obtain basic colleague information such as title, department and location.

Over 700 managers and supervisors also now have a clear insight into relevant workforce metrics, including span of control, pay grades and chain of command.

Latimer said, “OrgPlus has helped us improve the accuracy of our main HR database and has also helped save managers and supervisors time because they no longer need to maintain their own org charts in a spreadsheet or another manual tool.”

Surrey Police was among 25 forces last year to receive an extra £30m to deploy smartphones across their operations to help cut paperwork and keep officers on the beat.

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