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Five Main Skills Government Employees Should Have

By Performance Institute
July 6, 2021

The government sector is ever dynamic and bound to inevitable changes that result from both local and foreign policies. It is made up of distinct ethics that define values and skills that are necessary for the success of day-to-day objectives. In case you want to become a government employee, or you are one, here are five main skills that you must have to succeed.

1. Communication Skills

Most recruiters across all industries look for communication skills when hiring new employees. Although it seems easy, only a few people can communicate effectively both orally and verbally. A good public servant must have the ability to communicate a vision and interact productively with the public.

When a public servant communicates excellently, they will naturally command respect and confidence from their peers and bosses. As a result, they will be seen as a valuable asset in whichever office they work in.

Another important aspect of communication is listening. When you listen to the people seeking your services, you know how to respond and solve their problems.

2. Problem Solving


As a public officer, thinking out-of-the-box, making rational decisions, and coming up with sustainable solutions to various problems are inevitable. You must be ready to spot inconsistencies, weigh consequences, evaluate arguments, and sieve relevant ideas from irrelevant PR information.

To make an effective decision, you need to consult widely and analyze what is put in front of you before choosing what to do. This means that having strong analytical, problem-solving and critical thinking skills is crucial for any public servant. The decision made should also be transparent; free from self-interest, personal bias, and irrational emotions.

3. Time Management


Time management is a crucial skill for any employee, whether in the government or in the private sector.Every worker should hire people who can manage time efficiently, know how to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.

Good time management influences public administration services in several ways. By inculcating viable time management methods, you will be able to prioritize and accomplish various tasks on time. This skill will also enable you to plan, organize and delegate functions efficiently.

Moreover, depending on factors such as urgency and importance, good time management will help you streamline and economize tasks. By doing so, you won't feel worn out and therefore you will maintain your productivity.

4. Leadership


Leadership skill is the cornerstone of public governance that empowers new government employees to become better managers. It is what aligns every public servant to institutional objectives and visions. As a public servant, you must be able to interpret, decide, align, anticipate and learn from different viewpoints.

Often, you will meet dissenting views and be required to address strong opinions. It is the leadership skills that will keep you on track and stable in your path to decisive action.

5. Teamwork


Government employees work in groups, either in the executives or any other level of management. To fit into any team, you must employ your interpersonal skills to help you get along with others. Remember, the goal of teamwork is to share responsibility to achieve organizational goals.

Some of the teamwork skills you will need as a government employee include:

● Conflict resolution
● Team building
● Team management
● Relationship building

Learn, Adapt and Succeed

Working in the public sector can be challenging, as you have to deal with many people, each with unique demands. However, you can maneuver if you adopt the skills mentioned in this piece.

The Performance Institute's Operational Change Management Week is the complete integrated approach to organizational change, lean management and people-centric strategies for government agencies. This week-long training is designed to give you the tools, skills, and knowledge you need to create the right approach to improve performance and manage change throughout your organization. Each course is designed to ensure every team member understands how to drive successful change initiatives while also developing the skills needed for improvement initiatives focused on performance, delivery, capacity, and evaluation

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