Academic journal article The Public Manager

Collaboration and Employee Satisfaction Drive Agencies

Academic journal article The Public Manager

Collaboration and Employee Satisfaction Drive Agencies

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As government agencies seek new and more efficient ways to get the job done, the need for collaboration is stronger than ever. Government managers are tasked with "doing more with less," so they are rethinking business as usual by collaborating within their agency, across agencies, and with the public.

The Forum articles in this issue span many decades and many agencies--looking at how President Lincoln kept his ego in check and collaborated with others to successfully enact the Emancipation Proclamation, to how collaboration initiated by three different agencies has had a profound and beneficial impact on the public served. Check out articles on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-Housing and Urban Development homelessness initiative, labor-management collaboration, and the art display collaboration at the U.S. Department of Education.

As John M. Palguta writes in his Forum introduction on page 19, "Effective government managers and leaders are increasingly turning to the power of collaboration to succeed in a time of increased demands and decreased resources."

Celebrating Success, Recognizing Abilities

This issue also examines sustainable practices in the public sector, and how they stack up with private-sector practices. One feature explores the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's successful telework program that helped the agency garner Best Places to Work recognition. …

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