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Government workers happy with their jobs but feel unrecognized

Government organizations face some of the same employee motivational challenges as companies, suggesting many should perhaps consider implementing comprehensive reward and recognition programs.

Government organizations face some of the same employee motivational challenges as companies, suggesting many should perhaps consider implementing comprehensive reward and recognition programs.

A survey from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) found 80 percent of federal employees like their jobs, more than two-thirds would recommend their agency as a good place to work and more than 75 percent said their agencies were successful at meeting organizational goals.

Despite this, more than half were not satisfied with the policies and practices of their senior leaders and only 48 percent said they have been recognized for doing their jobs well. Furthermore, less than 40 percent indicated that creativity and innovation were rewarded in their agencies.

"These results show that federal employees continue to be as dedicated to their agencies, their mission, and to public service as ever before," said OPM Director John Berry. "Agencies can learn a lot from the … detail and granularity in this year's report and I know that this survey will be used to identify strengths, address weaknesses and better serve the American people."

Companies and organizations have deployed a variety of methods for recognizing their workers, including offering verbal praises as well as awards, dinners, trips and extra vacation days.

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