Innovation in Government Dips
April 29, 2013
Federal employees want to do their jobs better but don’t believe their agencies are adequately supporting them, according to a new analysis.
Ninety-one percent of federal workers are motivated to improve their job performance while 57.2 percent reported feeling encouraged by their employers to do so, the study from the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and consulting firm Deloitte found. Four out of 10 employees, or 36.3 percent, said their agencies rewarded creativity and innovation.
The government’s overall innovation score dipped 1.7 points, to 61.5 out of 100 points between 2011 and 2012. The analysis is part of the Partnership’s annual Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings and is based on the Office of Personnel Management’s 2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. That survey includes feedback from more than 687,000 federal employees representing 362 agencies and subcomponents.
“Government is slipping on innovation at a time when its ability to be creative is paramount, given the increasing needs for its services and the reduction in available resources,” the report stated. Survey questions related to innovation asked respondents about opportunities at work to improve their skills, feelings of personal empowerment, incentives for providing superior products and services, respect for their agencies’ senior leaders and participation in decisions affecting their job.