At a recent meeting with federal finance & procurement executives, that conversation focused on how deeply critical mission support activities (administrative costs) may be impacted in future budget years. While we are focused on how best to trim these activities, how concerned are we about the morale in these functions? Judging from the conversation, I’d say a lot.
One executive, from a law enforcement agency, shared a great story. She discussed how an agent came into a procurement staff meeting and talked about how he had been shot, and how a special bullet proof vest procured by the Acquisitions Department had saved his life. ”That story went such a long way in reinforcing how important their job is, and really served to energize the procurement staff,” she noted. In times where administrative functions are under pressure, such gestures go a long way. Have you shared mission success with your mission support staff lately?