Is your talent overlooked? APS leaders can’t shake ‘in-crowd’ perception

Busy senior executives aren’t making time to identify and develop the talent in their organisations. Real or imagined, that’s the perception in the latest APS census results, hurting leaders’ ability to bring employees with them.

The Australian Public Service Commission has followed up on its earlier set of results from the APS census on immediate supervisors, this time addressing the perceptions of senior leaders.

All classifications were more likely to agree that senior leaders were of high quality than disagree. Similarly, more agreed than disagreed that senior leaders were sufficiently visible, effective communicators and engage with staff.

That support dropped away when asked if senior leaders made time to identify and develop talent in their organisations. Only 28% of APS and only 32% of the EL grades agreed. A slightly higher number disagreed.

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