The election is nearly upon us and the results will affect federal budgets and policies, but regardless of who takes office next January, one thing is clear: challenges already exist among many agencies with regard to hiring, retention, and employee satisfaction. According to a report from earlier this year surveying the top Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCOs) across government, many of the same challenges are being faced among all agencies, and the solutions will take time, commitment, and a cultural shift that must be adopted by the top and trickle all the way down the pipeline. Here is a brief outline of what the CHCOs described as the top challenges and imperative solutions.
- Higher employee turnover (largely due to higher retirement rates)
- Limited outsourcing options (becoming increasingly difficult in the last few months)
- Widening gaps in agency leadership skills
- Antiquated hiring practices
- Workforce reductions (due to budget cuts)
- Hiring (including veterans)
- Merit systems
- Improve succession planning: base plans on best practices across government
- Standardize processes and systems across government
- Use data and metrics to give/get feedback and increase transparency and accountability
What do you think of the solutions proposed by these CHCOs? Do you believe they can be implemented?