Re:CAP Recommends | Why Even a Public Management Expert Might Not Take a Government Job

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December 9, 2016
Re:CAP Staff

Re:CAP Recommends Why Even a Public Management Expert Might Not Take a Government Job by Katherine Barrett & Richard Greene for Governing

Who: Prominent state and local government researchers Barrett & Greene interview Neil Reichenberg, executive director of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources.

What: Though the recession following the 2008 financial crisis has passed, the majority of job recovery has occurred in the private sector, and government employment has not recovered. Reichenberg, an expert in public workforce management, reflects on the current situation and evaluates considerations for public sector organizations seeking to hire and retain new talent.

Takeaway: Organizations need to prioritize workforce succession planning, as data indicates that at any point, leadership turnover rates for upcoming years could reach as high as 50%. Consistent with suggestions from Howard Risher's recent piece for Re:CAP, Reichenberg emphasizes that public sector organizations should more often involve the personnel experts in Human Resource departments and consider successful private sector approaches such as the results-oriented workforce.

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