“An agency that can use data to assess its workforce is an agency that can maximize its talent investments and advance its mission,” says Michelle Oltmans, federal solutions specialist at Workday.
Building and Committing to a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce
President Biden’s management agenda and a related executive order demonstrate the administration’s commitment to using the federal government as a model for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA). Federal agencies, therefore, need to oversee robust programs that prioritize representation in all areas—including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious or spiritual beliefs, life experiences, and more.
According to analysis from Deloitte, when employees trust their employer’s DEIA commitments, their engagement can increase up to 20% and their chances of leaving plummet by 87%.
Leverage a Sense of Mission to Improve Engagement
Employee engagement is the mental and emotional connection an employee feels to the work at hand and to the organization as a whole. In any industry, employers focus on engagement to build a high-performing workforce, prevent attrition, and boost productivity and work quality.
Strong engagement can also ease the government’s talent shortage while also addressing government inefficiencies. And to increase engagement, government agencies need to appeal to employees’ desire for meaningful work.
“Federal job seekers and current employees want three things: one, an understanding of how to build a rewarding career path in federal service; two, a promise of community in their agency; and three, a sense of mission accomplishment,” says Bobby. “The federal government offers all three, but agencies need to connect the dots and more clearly communicate the answers.”
In a future filled with plenty of twists and turns, a responsive federal government must be staffed by savvy, skilled workers. Read this report by Deloitte and Workday to learn how U.S. government leaders can streamline hiring, increase diversity, and boost employee engagement to build a future-ready workforce.