Feds’ innovation leadership failing to inspire staff, study finds

Stars and StripesMost US Government staff don’t feel their leaders support creativity and innovation, according to a joint study by a Washington, DC-based non-profit, the Partnership for Public Service, the Deloitte auditing and business control firm, and a management consultancy, the Hay Group. Noting that “the federal government’s reputation as an innovative employer is important in recruiting the next generation of government workers”, the analysts say a Government-wide survey “suggests that much more needs to be done to foster innovation at many federal organizations.” According to their report, just 32.7% of federal staff see their workplaces as rewarding creative, innovative workers, and government leaders should see the survey results as “a wake-up call”. The analysts started surveying perceptions of federal workplace receptivity to innovativeness in 2010 and found that these declined over a four-year period. The job and workplace satisfaction of federal staff generally also declined over this same period. High respect for senior federal leaders was reported by only some 47% of federal staff.

The best staff perceptions of innovativeness were found in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the State Department, the Commerce Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Air Force, and the Federal Trade Commission. Read more here.