I don’t think we should make changes to the existing General Schedule but the Government can study other pay structures and see if there are other pay scale structures that would be helpful in promoting a high performance work force with a compatible pay structure with similar occupations in the private sectors. Transforming an established Federal government pay structure can create chaos and demotivate high performing employees and may not be attractive in recruiting the best and the brightest candidates to serve the public. Federal employees are being expected and may be required to do more and more for less and less; therefore, if the Federal government cannot create a pay structure and incentives that compensate these excellent and high performance public servants a little bit better, changing a pay structure that will pay them less is a bad idea. It will impact employee satisfaction, job satisfaction and employee engagement. Poor performers must be dealt with, bad and inffective managers must be dealt with.
I do think this is the right time to have a flatter organization as the Federal government is shifting to telework operating structure from the traditional operating structure in order to reduce government operating costs. What the Federal government needs to do right now is to review organizational structure, performance culture to move to high performance organizational and performance culture, and to review supervisory and employee reporting ratios. Transforming organizational structure, management and leadership, operating standards, such as telework, performance culture, and supervisory-employees ratios can significantly position the Federal government to the 21st century and reduce Federal operating costs. Taxpayers expect the Federal government to perform efficiently with less cost and we only can achieve these by restructuring and reorganizing with effective managerial and leadership and high performance workforce in mind!
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