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What is the key role and accountability for Washington management service employees in state government?

State managers have a crucial role in ensuring that the public receives needed government services in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. Managers must direct the development and implementation of policies and programs that achieve results. Managers must attract, develop, and retain a competent, productive workforce in order to successfully carry out state programs. Managers must build and sustain a workplace culture that focuses on performance and outcomes.
State managers are expected to personally commit to demonstrating excellent leadership competencies and achieving programmatic results. Also, it is essential that agency leaders hold their managers accountable for properly leading and managing their human resources - their employees. This includes aligning the workforce with the organization's strategic plan, hiring the best qualified staff, creating a productive work environment, setting clear performance expectations, providing day-to-day feedback and support, developing staff competencies, conducting regular performance evaluations, implementing timely and meaningful rewards, and, holding employees accountable for successful performance.
The efficiency and effectiveness with which government services are delivered to the citizens of Washington state depends largely on the quality and productivity of state employees. Each manager has the unique and critical responsibility to foster the building of a performance-based culture that will enable workforce success.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 41.06 RCW. WSR 05-12-068, ยง 357-58-005, filed 5/27/05, effective 7/1/05.]
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