Nateria Dickey replied to the topic What Would You Change about Federal Hiring? What Should Be Done to Attract Younger Federal Workers? in the forum Acquisition, Contracting, Procurement 8 years, 8 months ago
Very well said with regard to finding the “right people” for the “right job.” I suppose time will tell how the government handles this time of change. It is definately coming, in our agency I think nearly 60% are eligible to retire, we have zero session plans, and nearly every person eligible to retire is taking 20-30 yrs of experience with them. Some call it a “brain drain,” while it is probably true younger generations will move up faster than they ever have before in government, they will need the “right people” to carry out the missions others started. Younger generations will have to do more with less, be innovative, creative, think out side of the box and challenge the way things have always been done in the past. To attract the right people, I think the government should move to a more flexible and modern structure by incorporating telework, leadership programs, idea networks, volunteer clouds, mentoring and other challenges that help employees grow and develop. Though some of these are currently available, managment resistance is still high. Until managers are willing to accept change and adapt to the changing times, there will be barriers in the system forcing out “the right people”.
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