Uncle Sam talks a good game when it comes to encouraging his staff to find better ways of serving the public, but the reality is a different story.

People_with_Speech_BubblesUncle Sam talks a good game when it comes to encouraging his staff to find better ways of serving the public, but the reality is a different story.

That’s the message of a new report that indicates a strong disconnect between the desire of federal employees to innovate and the degree to which innovation is encouraged in their workplaces.

An analysis of survey data by the Partnership for Public Service and the Hay Group found that 91 percent of responding federal employees said, “I am constantly looking for ways to do my job better,” and just 39 percent said, “Creativity and innovation are rewarded.” In the middle were the 60 percent who said, “I feel encouraged to come up with new and better ways of doing things.”

The average, 63.3 percent, is the government-wide innovation score. Not good.

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Source: Joe Davidson | The Washington Post