May 5, 2014
In a recent Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, only 43% of government employees reported that their leaders generate high levels of motivation and commitment. Government employees are often criticized on their work, while at the same time are expected to solve some of our most pressing problems. As Robert Lavigna, author of Engaging Government Employees, says: “This paradox–attacking public servants while at the same time expecting them to solve problems no other sector can handle–places government leaders and managers squarely in the middle of an extremely difficult situation. Those who lead the 18,000,000-strong public-sector workforce must somehow find ways to motivate their employees despite harsh criticism and shrinking resources.”
Stewart Liff, author of A Team of Leaders and Managing Government Employees, gave a session this afternoon at ASTD 2014 offering the latest strategies in the areas of motivating employees and team development. Mr. Liff gave specific advice on how to connect teams around a sense of purpose, best practices in team design, managing performance, and dealing with difficult people.
Here are 3 tips from the presentation:
Edward T. Reilly, CEO of the American Management Association, was in attendance. “We need to restore confidence in government,” said Reilly. “AMA is committed to developing leadership skills and wants to work with our Government partners to help improve the skills that lead to performance. Government managers and employees have unique issues to overcome but we have been studying the issues involved and we are glad to be here at ASTD to share our findings with so many Government HR leaders.”
Devora Zack on the Best Way to Motivate Others
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