The 3 Keys to Motivating Feds During Tough Times

By John M. Palguta and Bryan Klopack

September 13, 2012

"The job of federal manager is tough and getting tougher," concluded John Palguta, President of the Partnership for Public Service and moderator of a panel entitled "Leadership Beyond Limits: Breakthrough Practices for Increasing Employee Motivation" at Excellence in Government Live on Sept. 6.

With a focus on the best methods to inspire and encourage agency employees, the discussion was designed to enrich audience understanding of the connection between leadership and employee motivation and how to drive success in your agency. The audience was in search of concrete tools and techniques to bring out the best in their employees while improving their agency's Effective Leadership score on the Best Places to Work index. Palguta was joined by:

Key takeaways:

  1. Remind employees why they came to work for government in the first place. 
  2. Connect employees to the mission.
  3. Mentoring and coaching are key.

The panel concluded that, even in tough times, focused leadership can maintain and even increase employee motivation, engagement and organizational effectiveness. It isn’t easy and there are no guarantees in the current environment of rising workloads, decreasing resources, increased retirements and declining public support. But research shows that success in this regard is not accidental--its linked to specific management actions.

The good news? While successful leaders have always managed to figure out how to engage their employees, they are now increasingly focused on doing so and sharing the lessons learned.  

What are you finding to be the keys to employee engagement? 

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By John M. Palguta and Bryan Klopack

September 13, 2012

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