Federal News Radio 1500 AM recently posted an interview with Young Government Leader’s Vice President, Dave Uejio. Dave candidly discussed the challenges of recruiting and retaining the next generation of government employees.
I was shocked to see some of the follow-up comments posted on the website. From personal experience, I know that seeking a position in the Federal Government is a daunting task (one at which I’ve still had no success), but I still haven’t developed the negative, “give up”, “life is better in the private sector”, attitude that seems to be reflected in the comments below.
However, from the “retaining” standpoint, I have heard many Young Govies state that they are only staying in the government for three years before seeking employment in the private sector. Three years usually grants an individual “Federal Status” and therefore may make them eligible for non-competitive positions.
I would assume that some transfer out of government because of the pay, or the fact that promotion is not based on performance. However, in contrast to the statements below, I don’t believe that those who stay are the “lowest performers”, but instead the most dedicated to public service (at least one can hope).
So you tell me and the rest of the world…. Take the Poll! What is wrong with recruiting and retaining in the federal sector?
But if they are not hiring – obscurechemist