Chairman Tester, Ranking Member Portman, and members of the subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today on the topic of employee morale and productivity in the Federal workforce.
But like any other large and complex organization,
First, we focus on connecting our people to each other and the mission every day. Connection begins at the top. The NASA Administrator,
To make people more connected to each other, we are working hard to make geography inconsequential. We have made great improvements in effective virtual collaboration. We are able to conduct acquisition activities, panel interviews, international presentations, and entire conferences in virtual space. That has become an integral part of
We measure the connectivity of our workforce through an index that we have developed based on the
Second, we ensure that first line supervisors appreciate the importance of developing innovative employees. A key to success in all areas of workforce culture is the first line supervisor. These are the people whose day-to-day decisions can take your agency's goals and mission further, keep you where you are, or set you back. We infuse our leadership values into potential leaders early in their careers. We have agency level leadership development programs, as well as leadership development programs at the Center level. These programs have a heavy emphasis on personal effectiveness, relating to others, and self-reflection. Approximately 500
We measure our success by asking our workforce, using our
Third, we recognize and reward innovative performance by moving past traditional monetary recognition. We use every tool that is available to us as a Federal employer to recognize our employees and their achievements, and we ask our employees to tell us what kinds of rewards they find most meaningful. Ultimately, however, there is no greater incentive to innovation than to have one's creativity recognized and incorporated into the mission. And there is no greater pride than being able to describe one's contributions to the public. We encourage our employees to do so through a variety of means, including social media.
We are engaged in a constant search for better ways to work. We model the behaviors that we expect from others. Over the past year, we have worked to reinforce these principles by asking each senior
All of these efforts have paid off. The most recent
Likewise, during the government shut down, our efforts to improve both the quality and content of workforce communications helped our employees weather the shutdown and return to duty. We had the entire agency shut down by
In sum, we have a robust
Mr. Chairman, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you. I would be please to respond to any questions.
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