Public trust in the public service

Michael Macaulay and Geoff Plimmer discuss how ethical public service leadership can address workplace culture issues and improve trust in the sector

Spotlight Lecture Series - Professor Michael Macaulay and Dr Geoff Plimmer

November 2016

The New Zealand public service has come a long way from the early 1980s world of Roger Hall’s Gliding On. Walk shorts, four o’clock closings, and extended morning teas have been replaced with a professionalism drawn directly from the corporate world. But what do public servants themselves think of the public service now?  Do they trust the public service? Are our public sector organisations particularly good now? Should the public trust the public service?

School of Government’s Associate Professor Michael Macaulay and the School of Management’s Dr Geoff Plimmer discuss what motivates public servants, and how ethical public service leadership can address workplace culture issues and improve New Zealanders’ trust in the sector.

The Victoria University Spotlight Lecture Series is an opportunity to sample the research undertaken by Victoria academics, in bite-sized lunchtime lectures. The Spotlight Series will take place regularly between 12.30–1.15pm in the Wellington CBD.

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