Take Advantage of the Summer Slump
Summer days can lead to a distracted work force, but productivity doesn’t have to suffer.
The summer is a great time to brainstorm and drive new initiatives if agency leaders let employees know they are open to innovation. When an agency is focused on results and/or maintaining its mission, it can be difficult to create a culture allowing or encouraging new ideas and long-term gains. Each federal agency began with an entrepreneurial mindset, with someone wanting to provide a new service, product, or protection for the American people. However, sometimes agency missions become stagnant. Federal agencies, like successful private entities, must opt to innovate in order to raise the bar.
We know that this is easier said than done, especially if you work for an agency subjected to criticism and scrutiny. But you can take advantage of vacations, time off and daydreaming by encouraging creativity in small ways. Encourage brainstorming and conversation – some people’s best ideas come to them while not at work. Use a whiteboard in the employee area where people gather to eat or take a break. You can also conduct a staff survey during the summer months allowing workers to share ideas for improvement.
As a provider of professional liability insurance for federal employees, we are keenly aware that some of you will be fearful of making changes in the workplace or encouraging employees to think outside the box. Managers and employees will never take the necessary risks to develop an idea if they are worried about the impact on their job status. Encourage your employees to make a mark on your agency, and if you don’t already have FEDS Protection, consider getting the coverage so you have peace of mind in your decisions. The FEDS Professional Liability Insurance policy provides you with experienced legal representation and coverage in the event of a job-related allegation or lawsuit. The policy starts at only $290 a year, and the federal government reimburses managers and supervisors up to 50% of this cost – for a premium as low as $145 per year. Managers across the federal government have taken advantage of the ability to protect themselves and secure the peace of mind necessary to do their jobs efficiently and effectively. To learn more about FEDS today, visit www.fedsprotection.com or call 866.955.FEDS.
FEDS provides professional liability insurance for the entire federal management community. For information on your specific exposures, how professional liability insurance protects you, or how the FEDS program differs from other insurance programs, visit us at fedsprotection.com.
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