Public Service Commission – the Data Speaks

Stability is not always a good thing.

In a study for a South African government agency we sought to understand why there was very low staff engagement when, by a host of measures, the organisation was a comfortable place to work.

The organization was very stable and progressing well with demographic transformation from an overwhelmingly white and male Apartheid-era institution.

But, it turned out that stability was a double-edged sword.

How does the employee movement change over time for the whole organisation?

How does the employee movement change over time for management echelons?

With little prospect of being promoted younger staff were leaving the organisation as soon as they had accumulated enough in their pensions to pay of household debts, while more senior staff, unable to find equivalent or more senior positions in other departments simply remained.

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