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Best Places to Work in the Federal Government: Analysis – Government Innovation Slipping

Partnership for Public Service – Most Innovative Agencies – Snapshot 2012. May 2013: “From 2011 to 2012, the government-wide innovation score dropped by 1.7 points to 61.5 out of 100. While the vast majority of employees (91 percent) said they are always looking for ways to do their jobs better, a smaller majority (57.2 percent) said they feel encouraged to do so. However, only roughly four out of 10 employees—36.3 percent—said creativity and innovation are rewarded in their agency. The latter two questions slipped by 2.0 and 2.5 points, respectively, since last year’s survey, suggesting that while federal workers remain motivated to improve the ways they do their work, they do not feel supported by their organizations in doing so.”

  • See also “NASA is one agency that seems to have it figured out. Not only is it ranked at the top, but four of the top five agency subcomponents rated for innovation belong to the space agency. It’s tempting to think that there is something in particular about the space mission that breeds innovation. But according to Dan Helfrich [a principal at Deloitte Consulting, who contributed to the report], it’s more about a culture of leaders and supervisors encouraging employees to provide new ideas and then giving employees a chance to try them out.”
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