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ADP And IPMA-HR Study Sheds Light On U.S. Public Sector Employee Engagement

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ADP®, a leading provider of human capital management services, and the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) today announced the findings of a national survey measuring current levels of employee engagement among public sector employees at the state and local level.  The findings were revealed during the 2012 IPMA-HR International Training Conference & Expo taking place in Nashville, Tenn.

The survey, which polled over 2,200 public sector employees in the U.S., found that just 58 percent of public sector employees are fully engaged in their jobs.  In addition, 38 percent of all respondents said they were either very, or somewhat likely, to leave their job, if working conditions don't improve. A higher number of young workers – 47 percent of those 34 years of age and younger - said they were either very, or somewhat likely, to leave their job, if working conditions do not improve.

The study, commissioned by ADP and IPMA-HR, an organization that represents the interests of HR professionals at the federal, state and local levels of government, as well as public education organizations, was conducted to better understand which components are vital to engagement.  The research was conducted by the GOVERNING Institute, a subsidiary of e.Republic, a leading media organization focused exclusively on the government and education markets.

"With numerous studies pointing to a strong correlation between worker engagement and organizational productivity, performance and talent retention, it's clear that employee engagement is one of the top issues confronting HR decision makers today," said Terrence McCrossan, general manager, ADP Human Capital Management. "Just as in the private sector, public sector organizations can benefit from having a clearer understanding of what motivates and satisfies their workforce, and from having a system in place to track whether their engagement levels are trending upward or not."

Based on more than 2,200 individual online survey responses, the study canvassed a broad base of government employees, including management and staff, union and non-union employees, key government verticals and functions, and state and localities.

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