(Market Connections Inc. and FierceGovIT)
Pay freezes and the prospect of a better salary in the private sector are driving half of federal workers to think about jobs outside the federal government, according to a new poll.
The Market Connections, Inc., and FierceGovIt poll of 370 federal employees found frustration with the current work environment as well as concerns about replacing experienced government employees as they retire.
It is clear that the recent political environment and agency staffing practices are affecting federal morale, said Lisa Dezzutti, president and CEO of Market Connections, Inc.
Nearly two-thirds of respondents said their agencies have frozen salaries over the past year while 59 percent said agencies are not replacing workers who leave, according to the poll.
About half of federal employees cite a lack of resources to complete the job properly and 39 percent say mission-critical work is not getting done because of staff reductions, according to the poll.