Winter 2013 PSRPanel Quarterly Questionnaire, conducted by 220 public service professionals, in January, covered a range of topics related to public service and current affairs.
Continuing brighter outlook on the direction of the country: Increasingly, panelists see the country overall as heading in the right direction (59%), continuing an upward trend seen over our last several quarterly surveys.
Improving outlook on working in the public service (but still gloomy about working in the nonprofit sector): Nearly half (49%) say that now is a good time to work in government, a somewhat more optimistic sentiment than a year ago. But only 4 in 10 panelists (40%) say now is a good time to work in the nonprofit sector, continuing the trend of a more pessimistic view of nonprofit employment. In contrast, 6 in 10 (60%) say now is good time work in the private sector.
Concern about the federal budget impasse: Over 6 in 10 respondents (63%) said they were "very concerned" about what might happen to the country if President Obama and Congress cannot reach a budget agreement. But interestingly, many fewer were very concerned about what the budget impasse would mean for their own organization (27%) or job (22%).
A tendency to experience change, but predict stability, in work motivations: This particular survey asked a series of detailed questions about past and future work motivations. Overall, survey respondents of all ages reported a fair amount of change in their motivations from 10 years ago. But curiously, they predicted little change in their future work motivations 10 years from now.
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