There is no better time than this week, the congressionally designated Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), to spread a message of praise, reenergize the workforce and perhaps even issue a challenge to forge ahead to make government work better on behalf of the American people.
It is critically important for you as a federal leader to let your employees know that they are valued and that their work is important.
Some leaders have recently spoken out, although their words have not always received the kind of attention that they deserve.
President Obama, for example, wrote a memo to federal workers last month after the budget deal kept the government functioning, thanking them for their patience and professionalism during a very trying time. “You do your jobs without complaint or much recognition. But it is men and women like you who help make America all it is, by responding to the needs of our people, and keeping our country safe and secure,” Obama wrote.
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