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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Who Says We Have Unacceptable Performers?

Filed in Headlines, 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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The Uniquely Unionized National Guard

Filed in News by on July 1, 2013 Comments

National Guard Technicians are, with a few exceptions in every state, members of an “excepted service”. While that term applies to many categories of Feds, Title 32 is unique to the Guard and reserves. The author offers some details on what this means.

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An Open Letter to OPM Director Nominee Katherine Archuleta

Filed in News by on June 10, 2013 Comments

The author offers his suggestions for Katherine Archuleta, the president’s nominee for OPM Director, and invites users to share their suggestions as well.

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The Effects of Rotting Apples

Filed in News by on May 1, 2013 Comments

The author says that some of the most talented employees in government are looking away from it as a potential employer when they are needed more than ever.

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