Doug Bedell — June 8, 2015, 8:55 am

Sagging Morale at the Department of Homeland Security

Like many organizations, The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) apparently has an uneven leadership profile. Christian Beckner on Homeland Security Watch reviews a recently issued DHS report on the morale of its employees. Its first recommendation is “Greatly increase the emphasis on leadership qualities when filling managerial positions and when assessing the performance of incumbents.”

The second is: “Significantly improve management training, particularly leadership training.” There are two more in much the same vein.

“Various independent surveys,” says the report’s executive summary, “show rather convincingly that overall morale (“employee engagement”) within the Department of Homeland Security is inferior to virtually all other parts of the federal government, even though its employees individually express support for, and commitment to, the homeland security mission.”

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