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Federal Employee Engagement and Retention

Below are a few timely articles and short podcast episodes discussing strategies to help retain our Federal workforce, and provide workforce development opportunities for all of us.

1. Retaining My Generation. Retention Strategies for Generation X and Generation Z Federal Employees.

In 2021, a record number of American workers—47 million—quit their jobs, with 4.5 million people leaving their job in the month of March alone. The federal government must pay attention to the Great Resignation and these changing workplace expectations—especially since it is estimated that nearly 30% of the federal workforce will hit retirement age within the next two years.

The Partnership For Public Service study focused on an important and often overlooked factor of employee retention: generational values and expectations. More specifically, we considered the issues centering on the retention of Generation X—born between 1965 and 1980—and Generation Z—born between 1997 and 2012—since public servants in these two groups are at vital points in their careers and occupy critical positions in the federal workforce. Consider checking out the study below:

2. The author also appeared on the GOVEXEC Podcast discussing the topic of "Keeping Public Sector Workers Engaged Across Generations."

3. Lastly, since professional development is one of our national defense strategy elements, the Office of Personnel Management's Bahar Niakan talks about the Center for Leadership Development, and discusses how to better serve ourselves and our staff through the various OPM Leadership Development programs.

If you’re a Connecticut Fed, the Federal Executive Association of Connecticut invites you for complimentary light breakfast at our full membership meeting on Wednesday, December 7 at 8:30am. Come join your fellow federal leaders from throughout the state as we plan and discuss the issues and concerns most important to you and you.

If you haven’t been to a meeting in some time, we encourage you to join us as new faces bring about new ideas!

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