Positive responses to question 20 in the survey — “The people I work with cooperate to get the job done” — dropped sharply from 2008. That year, 83.9 percent agreed or strongly agreed, but this year, only 74.7 agreed.
Question 26 — “employees in my work unit share job knowledge with each other” — also showed a decline, though not nearly as steep. Positive responses to that question dropped from 75.4 percent in 2008 to 73.1 percent this year.
This surprised me, since intelligence agencies have made collaboration a key priority in recent years, and other agencies such as Defense are also emphasizing joint duty. What have you seen? Are you or your co-workers less likely to tackle problems together than you have been in past years? If so, what may be causing this change? Are you less likely to collaborate because of a pay-for-performance system (and a perception that raises and ratings under such a system are a zero-sum game), or is something else at work here?
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