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New Approaches for the Next Government Workforce

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Oct 31, 2012 10:34:00 AM

The role of government is rapidly evolving. Building the workforce that will be needed requires new approaches.

Government WorkforceHistorically, government at all levels has relied on decent pay, generous benefits and stable employment to attract workers. As a result of the economic downturn, each of these attractions has been significantly diminished, leaving public leaders scrambling.

Other factors are at work, from the political pressure to be leaner and more efficient to the expansion of interest in work-life balance programs to the explosion of social media. The sum of all these moving parts is that for government to build its 21st-century workforce, old models must be discarded in favor of "next practices"--contemporary, progressive and practical strategies and tools to attract, retain and optimize talent.

Here are four approaches government leaders should embrace or expand to translate the headwinds of disruptive change into a tailwind:


  1. Composition of the Workforce

  2. Recruitment and Selection

  3. Social Media

  4. Developing and Training the Workforce

What all these "next practices" approaches have in common is a focus not on simply adding bodies to the government workforce but on transitioning to one that is right for the times as they are now and as they will be. The old models just won't get you there.

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Orion Communications, Inc. gratefully acknowledges Governing Magazine for allowing us to reproduce their 10/24/2012 Management Insight article, written by former city manager Patrick Ibarra. The opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of Orion Communications.


Topics: Workforce Management, Administration

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Orion Communications is a certified women-owned business enterprise headquartered in Dallas, Texas that has been specializing in workforce management software since 1998. As Public Sector workforce management and data interface experts, Orion is a unique provider of dynamically intelligence workforce management software. Orion serves agencies with complex requirements and improves workforce productivity using its web based AgencyWeb® system and consultative management services.

For more information, please contact Jackie Belasky at 214-361-1203, #2413 or jbelasky@orioncom.com.