Survey Finds Many Public Service Employees Worry About Inflation

Nearly two in three public service workers (64%) are worried about inflation and their ability to keep up with the current cost of living. Additionally, 58% worry about inflation decreasing the value of their savings. These findings are detailed in a new research report, State and Local Government Employees: Morale, Public Service Motivation, Financial Concerns, and Retention. Click here to download the report or infographic.

A related webinar will be held on March 21 at 2pm EDT.  Click here to register.

Upcoming Presentation at NFBPA

The Institute’s recent reports on managing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the local government workforce will be featured in a panel discussion at the annual meeting of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators in Minneapolis, April 26-30.

MissionSquare Research Institute in the News

MissionSquare Research Institute’s report, Examining the Financial Wellbeing of the U.S. Public Service Workforce, discusses the financial challenges facing public employees, as well as the economic stability they gain from various benefit offerings and more stable employment than in the private sector. The report has been covered by America City & County, BenefitsPro, National Public Pension CoalitionPlanSponsor, Public Sector HR Association, the Statehouse File (Indiana), the Highland County Press (Ohio), and PS News (Australia). Benefits Canada coverage touched on both that study and surveys of state and local employees and human resources directors.

Institute staff participated in a webinar with the Public Health National Center for Innovations on “Innovations in the Public Sector Workforce and Human Resources Practices.” Click here to view the recording or download the slides. Staff also presented a public workforce webinar to the American Federation of Teachers.

Governing cited the Institute’s research on the importance of providing employees with acknowledgment, encouragement, and respect.

The Bond Buyer discussed the data from the 2022 workforce survey as indicative of potential risks for pension funded ratios. The Daily Herald (Chicago) also used the workforce data in a discussion of the difficulty of filling public sector jobs, while Route Fifty used it to explore HR data analysis, and Governing discussed the Institute’s data on the 52% of state and local workers considering leaving their jobs.

The report on workforce trends to watch in 2023 was featured in Route Fifty.