An American government study shows that US federal employees don’t trust the management of their agencies. Specifically, they fear that undeserving, ineffective workers are retained as a result of favouritism and mismanagement.
According to a new report by MSPB – an independent, quasi-judicial agency that serves to protect federal employees – only 41 percent of the US federal workforce said their organization retains the best employees.
While MSPB said agencies are successful in some ways – they prevent discrimination, offer fair pay and recruit a diverse application pool – there are perceivable problems with waste and efficiency.
According to US government employees, the problem is one of fairness. In fact, “less than 30 percent of respondents felt their agency did not engage in favouritism.”
MSPB’s report states that agencies can only regain credibility by “eliminating unnecessary functions and positions and effectively addressing poor performing employees.” Currently,
more than 70 percent of federal employees say that management “does not adequately eliminate unnecessary functions and positions.”
So the question is: are we doing any better in governments across Canada? Is your organization well managed? Are employees treated fairly? Let us know your views …