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Research: State and Local Government Trends to Watch in 2019

Recent research by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE) examined key issues facing state and local government leaders in 2019, as well as strategies being used to manage public employee benefit programs, attract and retain a talented workforce, and provide financial security to public sector employees.

Some of the issues and strategies are described below. See this release from SLGE for additional ones.

  • The role of retirement benefit programs as workforce management tools will need to be more fully understood during benefit reform conversations. Recent research has found that changes to benefits have hampered governments’ ability to attract new employees.
  • Recruitment and retention of qualified personnel will continue to be a challenge for state and local governments. The 2018 SLGE / IPMA-HR / NASPE workforce survey found police, engineering, IT, emergency dispatch, accounting, and skilled trade positions as being particularly difficult to fill.
  • State and local governments will continue to follow their innovative peers in restructuring their HR policies and processes, employee engagement efforts, use of technology, and external communications to develop their Workforce of the Future.
  • Against the backdrop of reforms that have reduced benefits for many public sector workers, more public employers are going to consider innovative approaches to helping their employees save, such as automatic enrollment.

Founded in 2007 with financial support from ICMA-RC, SLGE has published over 80 research reports on such topics as pension funding, health benefits, and compensation and workforce trends in state and local governments. Learn more about SLGE at www.slge.org or visit them on Twitter: @4GovtExcellence.