Productivity and motivation correlation
Overall, workers in the public sector are slightly less productive than their private sector counterparts.
Workers put industrial relations policy at the bottom of the list
Australian workers overwhelmingly believe the government has a role to support businesses improve productivity. They see the government’s most important roles as:
- Reducing red tape and regulatory burden and the cost of doing business
- Implementing infrastructure projects to enable more efficient and effective supply chains and to promote economic development
They place refining industrial relations policies last on a long list of government to-dos.
Management drags down public sector productivity performance
Overall, workers in the public sector are slightly less productive than their private sector counterparts. Public employees spend less time on work that adds real value to their organisation and more time on activities they consider a waste of their time and effort. They report spending more time on delivering products and services that are rarely or never used.
Public sector community workers more productive
However, dig deeper and these overall results reveal a much more complex picture. In fact, public sector managers and professionals are less productive, but community workers are significantly more productive than their peers in the private sector.
The difference in productivity levels at the top may be because managers are more likely to have high job satisfaction in the private sector. Certainly, public sector employees overall are less likely to agree that they are motivated to do their job to the best of their ability.
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