First, set aside the stereotype that the federal bureaucracy is inherently dysfunctional. Sure, it’s got plenty of faults. But Uncle Sam’s best-run agencies can actually teach private-sector employers a thing or two about HR.
Here are eight lessons employers can learn from the biennial agency-by-agency ranking of federal employers by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service:
1. Push . One thing federal employees love about their jobs: Co-workers cooperate to get the job done. “This is a strength of government,” says Bob Lavigna, VP of research for the Partnership for Public Service. Corporate employees, he supposes, are more likely to compete with each other for money and position.
Lesson learned: Tie rewards to teamwork rather than individual accomplishment.
2. Never stop training. Federal employees are more likely than private-sector workers to say they receive opportunities to improve their job sk...(register to read more)
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