Pride in working in public sector falters as employees lose faith in leaders
Senior management and frontline staff have lost their sense of pride in the public sector and are poised to jump ship, according to new research from global management consultancy, Hay Group.
John Howarth, associate director in public sector consulting at Hay Group, said:
“Over the last five years, the public sector has undergone a dramatic change. Within the context of the new economic reality, leaders urgently need to reinvigorate employees’ enthusiasm and reconnect them with a clear organisational purpose and vision. If leaders fail to take action, they risk losing their most capable staff. And where talent goes, pride, morale and productivity are sure to follow.”
Senior management "black hole"
A final word
“During times of change it is a challenge to motivate and engage staff, uniting everyone behind a clear common vision. The good news for public sector leaders is that there is still a fundamental belief amongst employees that the sector exists to support and benefit the local community. To rebuild pride and drive engagement, leaders need to harness this sense of purpose – and follow through on all that they promise.” - John Howarth, associate director in public sector consulting at Hay Group.
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Hay Group’s research is based on interviews with 1,000 public sector employees working in local and central government, health and social care and education. The research was carried out in March and April 2013.
Hay Group is a global consulting firm that “works with leaders to turn strategies into reality”. It has 85 offices in 49 countries, and work with over 7,000 clients across the world. For more information, visit: www.haygroup.co.uk.