You’ve heard it before. “Greater collaboration in the public sector is needed to enable delivery of essential public services.” Another platitude? Like the need for everyone to work together on a bi-partisan basis? Or the need for world peace?
Yes, you’ve heard it but it’s still true. Unfortunately, when the need for effective networking is greatest federal agencies have failed to harness such synergies. According to 2011 Federal Viewpoint survey results, agreement that “the people I work with cooperate to get the job done” is down 11% since 2008, while agreement that “employees in my work unit share knowledge with each other” has declined by 3%. Across the workforce of 2.1 million public servants, these seemingly small changes translate into substantial lags in productivity and innovation.