More than a money thing: lessons from the public sector

By Graham S. Lowe
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/24/2002

Most human resource professionals don’t view governments as fertile ground for innovative practices. But this could quickly change.

As employers, governments are bracing themselves for unprecedented workforce renewal: compared with the private sector, governments face more immediate demographic pressures; skill requirements in the public service are rising fast; and governments’ extensive reliance on information technology places a premium on its effective use.

But unlike the private sector, governments’ ability to provide economic rewards to the growing number of knowledge workers is constrained. In this respect, successful recruitment and retention requires bold new ways of organizing, managing, supporting and rewarding people.