Workforce Research and Resources

July 6, 2022
Workforce diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a high priority for 56% of local governments. The most common focus of local government DEI programs and policies is on the equitable treatment of employees (52 percent), an area that most respondents (70%) say has been successful. These findings are detailed in a new research report, Managing […]
June 23, 2022
Results of 2022 survey of state and local human resource managers regarding recruitment, retention, compensation, benefits, and emerging employment issues.
May 17, 2022
The Research Institute’s recent report on the Continued Impact of COVID-19 on Public Sector Employee Job and Financial Outlook, Satisfaction, and Retention provides an overview of the nationwide surveys of state and local government employees conducted from May 2020 to December 2021. For the latest slice of that data, a new slide deck shows specific impacts […]
March 9, 2022
More than half of state and local government employees report that more people are leaving jobs at their organization since the start of the pandemic, leaving their remaining coworkers stressed, fatigued, and anxious.
January 31, 2022
As employers across the nation face unprecedented labor shortages, new research finds that benefits offered by state and local governments can help attract and retain workers even amidst the Great Resignation. Unlike many private sector jobs, nearly all public service workers have access to pension plans, health care benefits, and life insurance. Also, a majority […]
January 26, 2022
As state and local governments face unprecedented workforce shortages, more than half (52%) of public sector workers are inclined to leave their jobs voluntarily – whether to change jobs, retire, or leave the workforce entirely – driven largely by burnout and compensation issues. The findings are detailed in a new research infographic, The Great Resignation […]
September 29, 2021
A new research report provides a comprehensive analysis of the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) landscape across the public service workforce. The analysis includes historical and projected data for a wide variety of occupations, and it indicates areas where certain gender, racial, or ethnic groups may be under- or over-represented. Knowing where over- or under-representation […]
September 14, 2021
Ninety percent of K-12 employees are concerned about students falling behind as a result of the pandemic. At the same time, K-12 employees are working longer hours, having difficulty adjusting to changes in the nature of their jobs and are worried about protecting their families from COVID-19. Many say they have faced negative financial impacts […]
August 25, 2021
More than one-third (37%) of the K-12 workforce says that the pandemic has them considering a job change. K-12 employees are also concerned about the impact of the pandemic on students – from falling behind in their education, to experiencing problems with access to the internet and technology.
July 25, 2021
Steepest declines in 2020 were among junior colleges, technical and trade schools, in local government, and in office and administrative support positions. These findings are contained in a new research brief, Postsecondary Education Staffing. Download the research.
July 22, 2021
The evolving impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on public sector employees is summarized in a video infographic.