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Establishing Expectations: Ten Suggestions for Supervisors and Managers

Filed in News by on January 30, 2008 Comments

Organizations work only when the people who make them up share common values (rules) and have dependable expectations of themselves, each other and management. Here are 10 suggestions or supervisors and managers to make this a reality in your organization.

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Which is Better: A 10% Reduction In Your Annuity or No COLA for 12 Years?

Filed in News by on January 30, 2008 Comments

A casual observer might think that CSRS employees who retire on an early out and receive a 2% per year reduction for being under age 55 are worse off than are similarly situated FERS early retirees. In most cases that casual observer would be wrong. Here is why.

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Update on Dueling DC Prosecutors. Who’s Got the Best Grip on the Law Book?

Filed in News by on January 28, 2008 Comments

Which federal agency has a better understand of federal labor law: the National Labor Relations Board or the Federal Labor Relations Authority? Here is the latest development in the feud between two government agencies with expertise in the labor relations arena.

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The Best Performance Appraisal Advice I Ever Borrowed (Part II)

Filed in News by on January 27, 2008 Comments

This is part two of Steve Oppermann’s “Performance Appraisal Advice” based on a document developed by the Environmental Protection Agency for the managers and supervisors of that agency.

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Your 2008 Pay Raise: Would You Prefer 3.5% or 7.6%?

Filed in News by on January 25, 2008 Comments

Most American companies have some type of pay for performance system. But pay for performance is unique in the federal government and has generated heated debate and intense opposition. With the average employee under the new system getting a raise that is twice as large as the rest of the federal workforce, it may not seem as threatening.

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AFGE Attacks FLRA General Counsel (GC) Over Proposed Changes

Filed in News by on January 24, 2008 Comments

The vast majority of unfair labor practice allegations are filed by unions against agencies. Determining the winner or loser in these cases often depends on getting information and who has the power to get the information. Proposed changes to the regulations have generated a response from the largest federal employee union. Here is a summary and observations from an experienced labor relations professional who worked for several agencies.

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Investing for the Long Term

Filed in News by on January 23, 2008 Comments

Some readers are checking their TSP portfolio balance and they get upset. That is understandable as all of us prefer to see our investments go up. Before taking immediate action, take a deep breath and see how your investments have done over the past several years.

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How Much Comp Time Should Federal Employees Get?

Filed in News by on January 23, 2008 Comments

Several anonymous employees of the Social Security Administration sought to get more comp time from the agency by going to court. Their argument: We should get 1.5 hours of comp time for each hour worked just as we get 1.5 hours of overtime for each hour worked. The court disagrees.

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