Civilian Manpower: Is Better Management Possible.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The fundamental problem with Armys management of its civilian manpower involves the current organizational system in which control is fragmented and vertical and where decision-making authority is highly centralized. These critical parameters cause inefficiency in timely shifting of the civilian workforce from lower to higher priority functions and the magnitude of conflicting management rules cause unreasonable coordination requirements which cannot be sustained. These detrimental aspects of the current system smother management creativity at the operating level and result in excessively high civilian salary costs. A recent test has proven that decentralization of civilian manpower management to the installation level can, with nominal constraints, cause more effective utilization of the workforce and result in significant manpower and dollar savings. Whether the lethargy and defeatism caused by parochial self-interests inherent in the present system can be overcome, remains to be seen. Something must be done if civilian personnel costs are not to overwhelm us.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations