As coronavirus cases continue to increase in multiple states across the United States, a new survey conducted by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence finds that public sector employees are deeply worried about their personal safety, family finances, job loss, furloughs, and pay and benefit reductions. Despite these concerns, the research also shows that public sector employees value serving their communities during this difficult time.
Neil Reichenberg writes about the role of government on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic and offers suggestions about how to be better prepared for the next emergency.
The Center for State and Local Government Excellence recently released their 2019 Workforce Trends survey which found that the top workforce challenges facing U.S. state and local governments are (1) recruitment and retention of qualified personnel with the needed skills for public service and (2) providing competitive compensation. The survey results emphasize the importance of state and local governments adopting innovative practices in order to attract and retain needed staff. Other workforce issues important to state and local governments include employee morale, employee engagement, retaining staff needed for core services, and leadership development.