Many of you likely joined the government to work with the system to create positive impacts for society. Your agencies have pro-social missions, like promoting public health, preserving natural land, defending the nation, etc. But are these agency missions enough to maintain a high job satisfaction? No, according to the Partnership for Public Service’s Best Places to Work in the Federal Government survey. Federal employee morale is declining.
We can point the finger at the tight budget, looming cuts, and hiring freezes, but we’d not only be missing a significant chunk of the problem, but we also wouldn’t be doing ourselves any favors because there’s little we can do about our compensation. Fortunately, there is something we can do about another culprit of the sinking morale: lack of employee appreciation.
According to a Federal News Radio survey, “79 percent of managers and 72 percent of employees said they know people who retired or left government due to morale issues in their federal offices.” When asked what would boost motivation, survey respondents cited these ideas below:
How to improve?
- Time-off awards
- Team-building events
- Improved communication and feedback
- Coaching from the management (Considering: How can I provide support to my employee? How can I challenge him/her? How can I provide constructive criticism?)
- Employee Appreciation/Simple thank-yous
Have you experienced any decline in morale in your office? Have you found any effective motivators?