Chris Parente originally posted this story in the telework group. But, I am one who is pushing for more teleworkers, so I thought I would also post it here.
As I read that story, I kept thinking of this part,
“The nation’s unsettled economy and high unemployment rate may ease the government’s task, as workers turn to the federal sector for job security and good benefits. But Stier said many federal agencies will have to fight to attract top talent, particularly in fields in which government cannot compete with private-sector salaries.
“Most are going to see extreme competition with the private sector,” Stier said. This could be especially true in fields such as medical, legal and information technology, he said.
Yet federal hiring remains a cumbersome process for many agencies. “Fixing the hiring process is a key component in making it work,” Stier said. ”
Yes, I would love a kick butt salary. But, I am a simple girl. A ton of Money is not everything to me. A nice living, and a nice retirement is good for me. BUT, what I do like is having a productive day, and spending time with my family. I love having the work/family lifestyle, and am willing to work for the Government salery, instead of chasing the buck at different civilian jobs. For one thing, a Government job is mostly secure, and that makes me happy. I think the people who are hitting their heads on the wall trying to attract “talented employees” are closed minded to what the Government can offer – telework! I talked about this in another thread. If the government finds a very talented person to do the job in another state, are you telling me they can’t hire that person, because of the closed minded thoughts to telework? I do understand that telework is not the answer in every case. There are many people who must work from an office for various reasons; security, personal reasons, or type of job. But, there are other options to expand the net for talented employees. A talented person should not have to move to work for the Government.
Other options which may be available are; co-op offices. Let’s say each state has a few federal co-op offices, where employees who live in that area actually telework – but from a central office. If I worked for an agency in Washington, and I live in TN, I could work in a local Federal office so I did not have to move. I am not sure why some of these options are not being used. And for the few agencies who do use this option, why are these ideas not being expanded?
We have some of the most creative people working in the Government and the resources to get the technology we need to make this work. Yet HR folks are wondering how they will attract talented, educated employees. This is just a crazy situation. It is like the answer is right in front of their face. With all the wonderful, educated, talented, people who work for the Government (and I work with some really great people), we can’t get together and attract talented employees? There is something wrong in this situation. Is it policy? Is it thought processes? Is the hiring processes? I don’t know. But, it looks like something needs to be changed, and minds need to be a little more creative to meet the mark of getting all those new people hired.
What I have an issue with is this story states the economy is a good reason why the Government will not have a huge problem finding employees. WHAT? So, as soon as these employees work for the Government and get trained, then the economy gets better, and we lose good talent. Is that a good way to do business? In contracting alone, it takes a few years to train someone to the standard of being able to really understand how all the polices work together to form big contracts. Why do we want to train people knowing as soon as the economy is better, we will lose them to a bigger paycheck? Sometimes I have to shake my head at the way the system works.
On the bright side, I am in my 40’s. I have about 3-6 years more of higher education to be where I want to be in life, and by then many more baby boomers will be retired. It doesn’t matter if we telework or not, this is a perfect opportunity for us 40 something’s who have education and experience to start moving up!