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Obama wants to increase employee engagement in federal agencies

Managers use strategies like employee reward programs to motivate and inspire workers, fostering greater commitment and care about their jobs.

Managers use strategies like employee reward programs to motivate and inspire workers, fostering greater commitment and care about their jobs. Recently, the White House recognized the value of such initiatives, announcing a plan to focus on employee engagement across federal agencies in coming years.

Within documents recently released for the fiscal 2015 budget, the Obama administration announced its intention to enhance culture and improve management practices as part of an overall effort to address security concerns, job creation, education, infrastructure modernization and general effectiveness, Government Executive reported. The government-wide workforce management goal of increasing engagement will emphasize better communication and feedback from employees about their leaders and job experience.

According to Federal News Radio, the Obama administration plans to offer an "engagement dashboard" to help managers track and assess employee behavior and morale. The technology offers reporting capabilities so managers can derive actionable insights from data about areas of strengths and weaknesses. Similarly, reward program technology can help supervisors better oversee their engagement strategies and track the effectiveness of their initiatives. Overall, the White House's plans indicate a growing sense that employee engagement is crucial to better operational efficiency and effectiveness. Managers across industries should consider ways to motivate and inspire their teams.

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