Everyone knows that people don’t want to work for agencies and organizations that don’t have a good culture, hence why OPM comes out with it’s best places to work rankings every year, but I’m not talking about agency I’m talking about location.
That’s right location, location, location… it matters. As someone who used to work in Jackson, MS I know a thing or two about wanting to leave my job strictly because of where it was located. The deep south may be perfect for some but definitely not me. I know as a follow my career path over the years I’ll be avoiding Mississippi and that general region.
So why is that a problem? Well maybe it’s not but for government agencies it could be. The government is a nation-wide business that has to staff offices all over the country and lets face it some of those offices are easier to lure talented people to than others. I’m not trying to say some areas are “better” than others as that’s truly in the eye of the beholder but most hiring managers can tell you locations matter, especially in an industry like government where pay and benefits are less flexible.
If pay increases and extra perks are off the table how does a hiring manager attract talent to remote or “less desirable” locations?
Let’s hear your suggestions and tips below? Has this been a problem or is it all in my head?
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