What makes for a successful public-sector workplace?

By Ryan Patchin
Posted January 20, 2017


Metropolitan State University Sociology and social science professor, Monte Bute penned an intriguing article about working in the public sector.

From the article: “While our new president, Ginny Arthur, is a strong advocate of stewardship, our institutional ethos is currently at a tipping point. In 2016, the administration proposed measures to resolve a significant budget shortfall. The faculty union pushed back, rejecting changes to the status quo. Management claimed that these solutions were temporary measures; some faculty saw a Trojan horse, a hidden agenda for an irreversible reduction of compensation. Compromise became elusive.”

The article continues:

”Welcome to a hall of mirrors, where distortions abound. Nearly every fact in this workplace drama is contestable: The cause and scope of the budget crisis; the parties responsible for it; the appropriateness of responses to it; the need for faculty to share its burden. Is there a way out of this impasse?”

The piece goes on to discuss ethos and the importance of a mission when creating a successful workplace.

Read the full article here.