In a recent post, I talked about what motivates people. People want to contribute and they want to be part of something larger than themselves. In an area of their interest and expertise, people want to make the world a better place.
Smart employers understand this. Smart companies are clear about their mission and hire people who fit into their culture and whose principles align their mission. Smart companies hire good people and help them grow and achieve.
Google’s mission, for example, “is to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” StumbleUpon’s mission statement is short and sweet: “To help you discover and share great websites.”
The Public Service is great place to work for people who want to make a difference. The mission of the public service is … well … to serve the public. Depending on where you work in the public service, your mission may be to have best-educated, most literate jurisdiction on the continent or to excel and innovate in the delivery of government services for the citizens.
Addressing important societal issues such as poverty, homelessness, drug addiction and climate change are all within the purview of the public sector, as is transforming government services such as health care, social services and education. In the age of social media where voices can be heard and employees can make a difference, a transformation and public service renewal is taking place. A groundswell of leadership is rising from within government. Indeed, today is an exciting time to work for public service!