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US mayor says invest in staff to keep top talent

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. The former Mayor of Atlanta, US, told local government HR professionals thatthe only way to recruit and retain staff in the public sector is to make themfeel valued. William Campbell, speaking at the annual Socpo conference, said although localgovernment cannot match the pay levels of the private sector, it can stillcompete for talent by investing in its employees. Campbell, who has just finished his second term as mayor of Atlanta, saidthat after one of the city’s colleges bought a piece of land from the councilhe negotiated educational credits for his staff, allowing them to sign up foras many courses as they wanted free of charge. “The move showed we valued our staff and were prepared to invest intheir learning and development,” he said. Under Campbell’s leadership, Atlanta also introduced four paid days off ayear for staff to take health scans and introduced an annual bonus for staffwho did not take any time off for illness. “We were not only investing in the health of our employees, but thesustained quality of the council’s services.” US mayor says invest in staff to keep top talentOn 26 Mar 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more