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Partnership for Public Service training series to focus on employee engagement

There may be fewer workforces more demoralized today than the civil service. Even before the election of Donald Trump and this week’s apocalyptic budget proposal, only about one out of every four federal employees reported feeling engaged in their jobs, according to a 2014 Gallup poll.

The nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service is attempting to address the issue through series of webinars next week. The event, scheduled for March 21-23, is designed to coach federal managers on how to build a culture of engagement within the workplace. According to the program brochure, the event will draw from “research-supported methods” that “help frontline supervisors and managers use appreciation, communication and empowerment” to boost employee engagement.

Each day’s session will focus on a different tactic, drawing from expertise provided by a range of leaders and executives from highly-ranked agencies from the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government survey, also compiled by the Partnership for Public Service.

The webinar series comes on the heels of the latest employee survey, which urged incoming political leaders to make employee engagement a priority in 2017. A press release warned that “2016 data show wide disparities among agencies” when it comes to employee satisfaction, commitment and willingness to put forth discretionary effort to achieve results. From the release:

“The U.S. Coast Guard, for example, tops the law enforcement and border protection category with a Best Places to Work employee engagement score of 71.1 out of 100, while the Secret Service is at the bottom with a score of 32.8.”

The webinars will each last 75 minutes and will include a panel discussion, small group conversations, a case study analysis and questions and answers.

More information is available here https://ourpublicservice.org/issues/employee-engagement/assets/building-a-culture-of-engagement.pdf

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