An article today by Jason Method of the Asbury Park Press discusses the rarity of bonuses for federal government workers. The piece offers a balanced perspective on the difficulty of issuing bonuses from public funds and the reasons why government might benefit from doing so.
This spring, NAGC issued its first Trends and Salary report. Nearly 24 percent of government communicators at the national, state and local levels reported receiving some kind of bonus in the previous year.
The lure of the private sector is a constant pull for government communicators. Job security and job satisfaction are often reasons these professionals more often than not choose to stay in the public sector.
Perhaps another factor that bonuses are not as prevalent is that the public information industry is still searching for ways to efficiently measure our success.