Today's post comes to us from Neil Reichenberg, Former Executive Director of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA”HR). Neil is currently teaching a course on human resource management in the public sector at George Mason University.

As schools increasingly resume either full or part-time in-person education or move to a hybrid model of in-person and remote learning, K-12 public school employees report increased stress, fatigue and anxiety based on a recent report issued by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence. The report contains information from an October 2020 survey of 1,205 state and local government employees of which, 494 were public school employees. The report also includes comparative information from a similar survey conducted in March 2020 with the most dramatic change being the sharp decline in general satisfaction with the employer which fell from 69% in March 2020 to 44% in October 2020.

Public school employees report a greater impact from the COVID-19 pandemic as compared to other state and local government employees. Other key findings from the report include:

The survey results point out the need for public school leaders to provide compassionate leadership, offer flexibility to employees, and focus on the wellbeing of employees during these stressful times. Failure to do so could result in the loss of experienced talent that will negatively impact school systems for many years to come.

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