Friday 24 November 2017

Eddie Molloy: Public sector managers have failed by glossing over poor performers

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar

Eddie Molloy

Over the new year holiday three government ministers spoke of the need to improve performance management in the civil service. This came against the backdrop of a recent report which showed that less than 1pc of assessments in 2012 placed staff in the categories "unacceptable" and "needs improvement".

Brian Hayes kicked off, advocating bonuses for exceptional performance. Leo Varadkar was quoted as saying that persistently poor performers should be "squeezed out" -- in other words fired.

He added, however, that "we don't have the tools" to do so, then suggested that is was up to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to provide the necessary tools.

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