Federal Agencies Are Failing When it Comes to Managing Employees Throughout Their Careers

The management of the federal workforce--effectively using talent, providing training, creating opportunities for promotions--can have a profound effect on employee performance and job satisfaction.

Based on an analysis of federal survey data by Deloitte and my organization, the Partnership for Public Service, agencies are failing on a number fronts when it comes to managing employees throughout their careers.

According to the research, fewer than 40 percent of current federal employees government-wide believe their agencies are recruiting people with the right skills; only about half believe their talents are being used well in the workplace; and less than a third are satisfied with the opportunities to get a better job in their organization.

In addition, fewer than half of federal employees are satisfied with their training opportunities and only about 40 percent had positive views regarding the recognition they receive. All of these results are about 15 to 20 points lower than what is found in the private sector.

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