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Halting the Engagement Exodus Premium Content

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Few would deny that the dramatic economic shifts of recent years have had tremendous impact on most organizations’ management practices. Those current economic realities have reduced headcount, decreased ability to provide quality and timely service, and limited employee development, a greater concern has emerged: an “engagement exodus.” Economic factors and other organizational dynamics have taken a toll on all levels of employee engagement within agencies and departments in the public sector. Due to budget reductions, an increased number of employees reaching retirement age, and myriad other factors, many public employees are left alone to “hold down the fort” previously occupied by two, three, or even four additional colleagues. Further compounding the engagement dilemma, employees within public organizations have faced multiple years of pay freezes. It’s certainly understandable that employees might be less engaged in doing their best work than in the past. 


Communities of Practice: Government, Management, Human Capital


  • Tracy Maylett

    Tracy Maylett is the chief executive officer and president of DecisionWise, and is responsible for guiding the overall strategy of DecisionWise, as well as leading large-scale change efforts for clients throughout the globe. Tracy's business, coaching, and consulting background extends more than two decades and across five continents. With experience in healthcare, technology, retail, government, education, and manufacturing, he has worked on-the-ground with executives and leadership teams in over 30 countries, and has lived in South America. He is a recognized expert in organization change and feedback, as well as employee engagement, and is the author of numerous professional publications relating to employee engagement, feedback, leadership intelligence, human resources, and change. He also is co-author of the book MAGIC: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Employee Engagement.

  • Julie-Nielsen

    Julie Nielsen is the senior director of human resources and organizational learning at ASTD. Contact her at


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