Tips From Federal Agencies With Happy Employees

Our newly released 2013 'Best Places to Work in the Federal Government' rankings show a continued decline government-wide in employee satisfaction and commitment. This reflects a number of factors, most certainly including the three-year pay freeze, unpaid furloughs, increased worker pension costs, budget cuts and hiring slowdowns.

Yet even in these trying times with so many outside forces affecting worker morale, some agencies defied the trend and improved by placing an emphasis on engaging employees, improving communication, soliciting and acting on worker feedback, and changing the day-to-day work environment.

The experiences of these successful agencies offer important lessons for government leaders and prove that if you pay close attention to enhancing employee satisfaction and commitment, you can have a positive impact on the workforce and go a long way toward building a high-performing organization.