Most public servants are strongly motivated by a spirit of service. This year’s Census found that 84% of public servants are strongly motivated to stay in the Public Service because their work contributes positively to society.

To ensure the Public Service remains a great place to work, we know there’s more that needs to be done. Census findings show that although there’s a high degree of job satisfaction, it’s below the satisfaction level of employed New Zealanders overall. Satisfaction with work-life balance is also behind that of other New Zealanders.

The Census tells us that public servants who have flexible work options experience more job satisfaction and are more satisfied with their work-life balance. Initiatives such as the positive and safe workplaces programme, as well as supporting agencies to embed flexible working arrangements will help to ensure the Public Service is inclusive, diverse and safe for all. Greater access to career development and improved employee cross-system equity are being progressed assisted by increased consistency in employee terms and conditions, and by the creation of the Workforce Mobility Hub.

An important part of our work is acknowledging and rewarding outstanding contributions through our awards and recognition programme. Through this programme, the Commission celebrates individual and collective efforts by public servants and highlights the spirit of service they bring to their mahi.

Conditions of employment
Wellbeing at work
Balancing life and work
Spirit of Service

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