The following tables show results of a Governing survey of a random sample of 107 senior state and local government officials conducted June 4 - June 25. Participants were members of the Governing Exchange research community and are not representative of all public sector employees.
Overall, how satisfied are you with your job/working conditions?
Please rate your satisfaction regarding your organization’s performance in providing the following:
|Rating||Very Satisfied||Somewhat satisfied||Somewhat dissatisfied||Very dissatisfied|
|Promoting employee morale||13%||36%||30%||21%|
Using the statements below, please identify what is permitted or available for employees within your organization:
|Employee Recognition Programs||62%||36%||3%|
|Performance-based awards or bonuses||23%||75%||2%|
Using the statements below, please describe your feelings about your job/role and overall working environment:
|Work Environment||Strongly Agree||Somewhat Agree||Somewhat Disagree||Strongly Disagree|
|I feel I can make a difference by working here||66%||25%||7%||1%|
|I feel valued here||41%||32%||17%||10%|
|My work unit is able to recruit people with the right skills||19%||43%||26%||12%|
|Promotions in my work unit are based on merit||19%||36%||25%||20%|
|I feel encouraged to come up with new and better ways of doing things||48%||29%||16%||7%|
|Creativity and innovation are rewarded||21%||39%||25%||14%|
|In my organization, leaders generate high levels of motivation and commitment in the workforce||19%||39%||21%||21%|
Are the bad vibes at the federal level encouraging more interest at the lower levels – or is it bad advertising all around for the public sector?
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