Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Study: Feds Overwhelmingly Want to Innovate, But Agencies Send Mixed Signals

By Dannielle Blumenthal, Chair, FCN

AOC Carpentry Branch
"Since the laying of the Capitol cornerstone by George Washington in 1793, the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) has served the United States as builder and steward of many of the nation's most iconic and indelible landmark buildings." (AOC.gov)  Here, AOC House Carpentry Branch employees make a mold of an intricate seal. Photo by AOC via Flickr.

GovExec reports today on the innovation gap between public and private sector. It highlights newly released  Partnership for Public Service findings based on OPM's 2011 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and an OPM comparative study of private sector employees.

Asked if they're encouraged to innovate, just 59% of federal employees said yes, versus 71% of those in the private sector.

Startlingly, feds were much more likely than private sector employees to be "looking for new ways to do their jobs better." Fully 92% of federal survey respondents agreed with this statement compared with just 60% of private sector employees.

So what's blocking innovation in the federal workplace? Clearly, it's not the feds themselves.


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