Robbie Kunreuther

Robbie Kunreuther is the Director of Government Personnel Services (GPS). GPS provides 1 to 3-day seminars to Federal agencies in four subject areas: Dealing with performance and conduct issues; Developing sensible performance appraisal criteria; Fostering cooperative labor-management relations; and Applying mediation skills in the workplace. Over the years, Robbie has trained thousands of Federal supervisors, managers, HR specialists, and union officials. For more information about him and GPS, go to

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The Incompetent Fed: A Dozen Thoughts

Filed in News by on October 18, 2015 Comments

The author discusses some of his thoughts concerning performance improvement plans. As he states in the article, “While I wish for a Federal workforce in which every employee occupies a job they are capable of performing, the thoughts that follow concern those unfortunate cases where a Fed is occupying the wrong job.”

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The Good and the Bad Union Representative

Filed in News by on August 10, 2015 Comments

What defines a “good” or “effective” labor organization and its leadership? The author says that he has recently been encountering a rash of agency officials with a profoundly negative experience of their employee representatives. He describes why he believes this to be the case and what he believes leads to these negative attitudes and experiences.

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The Myth of Consistency

Filed in News by on June 28, 2015 Comments

Should two employees with different work histories, attitudes, and behaviors receive the same discipline for the same offense? While this may seem like a simple question, the author highlights a scenario that makes it more complicated and explains why federal managers should not always apply consistent discipline.

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Who Says We Have Unacceptable Performers?

Filed in News by on March 30, 2015 Comments

The author says that there are too many managers who believe it’s impossible to rid the government of unacceptable performers, but that a recent report from the GAO shows otherwise. He outlines some reasons why managers tend to freeze when addressing problem employees as well as some suggestions for ways to better deal with these types of situations.

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Clear the Table!

Filed in News by on November 2, 2014 Comments

The author discusses the “table of penalties” often used by HR departments in agencies and explains why he believes it is no longer needed.

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It’s Time to Wake up and Call Back

Filed in News by on August 3, 2014 Comments

Which is worse for a Federal agency to have, a bad employee or a bad supervisor? No doubt, the government would rather have neither, but the author says the effects of inept, biased, or malevolent leaders are among the greatest risks to your agency’s mission.

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Who Decides? Due Process May Be Due For A Redo

Filed in News by on May 6, 2014 Comments

Fewer than 3% of the EEO cases were litigated are lost by agencies. The EEOC tried to put a spin on this disturbing statistic by noting that more than one-fourth of cases are settled and “Many of these resolutions contained favorable outcomes for the complainant, including monetary and non-monetary benefits.”

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Reconfiguring Discipline: Memos, Meetings and Money

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on November 11, 2013 Comments

Have you ever had a coworker who spent more time/energy avoiding work than actually working? The author says attitudes and conduct of these people can result in consequences for agencies if not addressed and offers some suggestions for dealing with employee behavior issues.

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