I’m a long-time member of GL and it’s always a pleasure to be able to post the Best Place to Work results that my organization Partnership for Public Service compiles every year. Right now you can find a great summary of the study results here. Also a nice Wash Post article this morning by reporter and fellow GovLooper Ed O’Keefe
Just a couple of important things to mention that sometimes get overlooked with all the talk of which agencies rank where, which have gone up and which have dropped over the past year. The first is that none of this would be possible without OPM’s annual efforts to gather and compile detailed data from emplyees across government.
The second is that the results matter because “people” make better performance and outcomes possible. The basic idea is that by focusing on people issues in government, agencies can improve mission performance and service delivery to the public. Good data helps, but we need to be clear that it’s not about satisfaction or rankings for their own sake. Otherwise it’s too easy to say, “so what if feds aren’t satisfied with their jobs or motivated by their leaders…they’re lucky to have jobs.” Ultimately, the rankings just add motivation to do the hard work needed to make government better.
Since the study is about “doing” things and inspiring action, here’s my question:
How has your agency used the results and where is it making a real difference? Don’t want this to be a leading question, so if it’s not happening, what would help?