I read an article last weekend about the Feds that I just can’t get out of my head. Washington Post had a feature about the next generation entering the federal workforce. Here some of the statistics from the piece that you should know:
• The Obama administration hopes to fill 50,000 to 60,000 entry-level jobs in the next year, the largest burst since the Kennedy era.
• Almost one in three of the 142,690 feds hired last year was 29 or younger, while more than one in four were between 30 and 39
• In 10 years, about 400,000 of the 2 million federal workers will be younger than 35.
What do these young Feds mean for advocacy? Opportunity.
“Young workers are restless for risk. They don’t want to be GS-9s forever. They expect to be consulted and engaged — no head-down, it-has-always-worked-this-way chain of command here. They’re digital natives, too, who want to manage acquisition contracts on Twitter and who think crowd sourcing and cloud computing are the future of customer service.”
I implore you to rethink your communications strategy in light of this imminent workforce. Some items to consider:
• New methods of communication
• Outside of the box ideas
• Strategy for working through administrative hurdles
• Increased collaboration
• Embracing social media tools
So, how will you use this information?