|The public sector is home to some of the oldest employees in the labour force. In fact, as of 2013, a quarter of Canada’s public servants were eligible for retirement. This is putting many agencies on the fast track toward a knowledge and leadership crisis—and this isn’t just a Canadian phenomenon. South of the border, the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) estimates that since January 1, 2013, the experience being lost as federal workers retire equates to 10,000 years every day—and counting! You can actually watch the experience dwindle by the second with the site’s online ticker.To address this crisis, public sector human resource directors are looking for ways to mentor top talent for available government jobs. Governing Magazine lists this challenge as one of six big government management issues for 2015. Here are some methods your agency can use to cultivate its next generation of leaders:|
As people leave top government jobs in alarming numbers, implementing ideas such as these will help your agency bridge the experience gap that may be left behind.
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