ERIC Number: ED329830
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
Reference Count: N/A
Why Are Employees Leaving the Federal Government? Results of an Exit Survey. A Report to the President and the Congress of the United States. A Special Study.
Merit Systems Protection Board, Washington, DC.
The success of virtually every endeavor of the Federal Government depends on the skills, abilities, and motivations of its work force. Yet recent years have seen increasing concern about the quality of the Federal work force and the Government's ability to retain its most capable employees. In any given year, the Government loses nearly 120,000 full-time, permanent, white-collar employees. Knowing about the reasons for leaving is an important first step in developing policies or programs that will help the Government retain its best employees and enhance the overall quality of the Federal work force. This report provides some insight into why employees leave the Federal public service. It looks at what factors influence the decision to leave, and whether the decision to leave varies by their workplace, age, occupation, or level of pay. Of special interest to educators are Table E3: "Most Important Reasons for Resigning: Respondents with Different Levels of Education", Table F3: "Most Important Reasons for Retiring: Respondents with Different Levels of Education", and Figure 4: "Most Important Reasons for Resigning: According to Education Level." The primary sources of information for this report were responses to a special exit survey developed by the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) and completed by nearly 2,800 Federal employees who left full-time, permanent, white-collar positions during a 3-month period in 1989. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Merit Systems Protection Board, Washington, DC.