The State of New Hampshire, following the lead of private enterprise, has a new program in its effort to find state workers. It is worth a try.

As with most businesses these days, it is difficult for the public sector to fill its available job openings. It will offer signing bonuses for new hires and it will offer current employees a $500 spiff for any new hire that a current worker “finds,” providing the new one stays for a minimum period of time.

There is nothing wrong with putting such a program into effect, provided that it is closely monitored and, most important, that the jobs involved are truly needed.

A tough job market can often uncover positions that are not vital or cost-effective for a company. Surely this is a time when state — and local — governments should be carefully assessing the size and effectiveness of their workforce. If a job is vacant for six months, is it really critical or could its duties be rolled into another position?

As for bonuses for existing workers, does the state offer something similar in terms of rewarding employees who find efficient and effective ways to cut costs? That would seem as worthwhile as bringing on more workers.

 
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