Our latest research report shows that public sector morale is still low, nearly a year on from the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review, and that this has posed the greatest challenge over the last six months. Workplaces are under resourced, and uncertainty still grips the public sector.
In spite of the current situation, public sector workers are not actively seeking alternative employment, and still cherish their traditionally generous benefits packages – so much so that they consider them worth striking over. While the majority of workers did not believe that the strikes would have a positive effect on the public sector workforce, a third said that they would strike over pensions.
Moreover, when asked why they chose a public over private sector career, many suggested that they enjoyed working with their colleagues, or that they felt that their work made a positive difference. In spite of cuts and crises across the sector, workers seem to believe that the strength of the various benefits offered by the public sector outweigh the potential negatives.
Our research perhaps highlights the first movement towards a revival of the public sector brand, with teams united and morale in some sectors rising. There is however still a great way to go. Managers must take the lessons learnt over the last few months into full consideration, and ensure that staff loyalty to the public sector brand is built upon to affect positive and lasting change.
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