Public Employee Retention Research Paper by Peter Pen

Public Employee Retention
This paper discusses approaches for improving public employee retention in an environment with more vacancies and fewer eligible workers.
# 65135 | 3,475 words | 21 sources | MLA | 2005

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This paper explains that employees no longer just want good wages and job security; they really want appreciation and involvement, demand a balance between work and family life and are not willing to sacrifice everything for their careers and their employers. The author points out that, to retain employees, the government must have an effective retention strategy, similar to non-governmental companies, which addresses four key components: Effective management, career development opportunities, life-work balance benefits and programs and compensation and recognition. The paper stresses that the government must understand employee child-care needs and provide such benefits as on site public schools, which meet the educational requirements of the local school district, on-site day care and child-care subsidies.

From the Paper:

"Employees are placing increased importance on programs and benefits that help provide a balance between work and home life.Programs that emphasize employee satisfaction are key and are ranging from flexible schedules to onsite massages to virtual teams to childcare assistance. The government must realize that individuals have lives outside of the office. The Calvert Group, an investment firm, has seen the benefits to life work balance programs first hand. The Calvert Group includes such benefits for employees as 15 minutes of free massage therapy each week, tuition reimbursement for any class, flex time, casual dress, and 12 days of community leave per year. By tying benefits to employees' basic survival, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs, the company has reduced turnover from an industry average of 20% to 5%."

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