REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque- Workers have lunch on the steps of a federal in Washington October 17, 2013. The White House moved quickly early on Thursday to get the U.S. government back up and running after a 16-day shutdown, directing hundreds of thousands of workers to return to work.
Merit-based Pay and Employee Motivation in Federal Agencies
November 26, 2013,
Sungjoo Choi and Andrew Whitford analyze findings from the federal government that federal employees subject to merit-based pay are consistently less happy with their job, with their organization, and with their pay than those in agencies with traditional compensation systems. Such employees are most negative about their own organization. This leads to questions about the long-term effects of merit-based pay systems in public organizations. The authors argue that it is time to reconsider the effectiveness of merit-based pay in the public sector.