Exodus of Employees is Increasing Strain on Public Sector Workforce

More than half of state and local government employees report that more people are leaving jobs at their organization since the start of the pandemic, leaving their remaining coworkers stressed, fatigued, and anxious.

The findings are detailed in a new research report, Survey Results: Continued Impact of COVID-19 on Public Sector Employee Job and Financial Outlook, Satisfaction, and Retention. Click here to download the report.

Recent Presentations: In-Person and Online

This month, Research Institute staff presented recent survey findings to in-person gatherings of the National Institute on Retirement Security, Maryland Municipal Clerks Association, and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators.

For an online audience, there are two new webinar recordings available, exploring:

MissionSquare Research Institute in the News

Research Institute Senior Research Manager Rivka Liss-Levinson, PhD, wrote a guest column for Route Fifty on six steps toward worker retention and was interviewed by Bloomberg on public sector burnout. Governing quoted Managing Director Joshua Franzel, PhD, in an article on next generation public service employees.

The PublicPlans Data snapshot was discussed in American City & County and Route Fifty.

Government Technology cited the Institute’s report on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the public service workforce.

Regarding other workforce issues, American City & County cited Research Institute data on employees’ desire for more flexible work hours and consideration of leaving their employersRoute Fifty, Thomson Reuters, and the Highland County Press (Ohio) covered the recent survey data on public employees considering leaving their jobs. Also providing coverage on the employee survey was the National Association of State Treasurers Morning Brief.