Retaining staff needed for core services, reducing employee health care costs, and addressing employee morale and workload problems are the top workforce issues facing local and state governments, according to a recent electronic survey conducted by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence. The findings are presented in a report titled "State and Local Government Workforce: 2011 Realities."
The survey also finds that 25 percent of respondents report that employees are accelerating their plans for retirement, and 71 percent say their workforce has shrunk since the 2008 economic downturn. Workforce changes most commonly cited are:
* Shifted more health-care costs to employees (72 percent)
* Pay freezes (62 percent)
* Hiring freezes (54 percent)
* Instituted layoffs (41 percent)
* Created wellness programs (33 percent)
* Shifted more health-care costs to...