Tag: Employee Relations

Legislation Would Make It Easier to Fire VA Employees

Filed in Headlines, News by on April 23, 2015 Comments

Congressman Jeff Miller (F-FL) is introducing legislation that would give the Department of Veterans Affairs secretary sweeping new authority to fire corrupt or incompetent employees for cause.

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Government Has a Lot to Learn from Google

Filed in Headlines, News by on April 23, 2015 Comments

The typical work environment in a federal agency no doubt has little in common with Google’s, but government can still learn something from Google’s practices, especially with regards to how managers lead (or fail to lead) employees in the federal workforce. The author explains how he believes this to be so.

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OPM Releases Guidance on President’s New Paid Parental Leave Policy

Filed in News by on April 16, 2015 Comments

The Office of Personnel Management has released a new handbook for federal employees that provides details on the president’s new paid parental leave policy that was announced in January as well as details about many other benefits available to the federal workforce.

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FedSmith.com Users Want Their Bosses to Stop Micromanaging

Filed in News by on April 15, 2015 Comments

FedSmith.com users indicated in a recent survey a common theme: they feel there is a need for federal managers to stop micromanaging their employees. The author, who is a consultant focusing primarily on pay and performance, analyzes the responses from the survey and what they mean for federal employees.

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Witness Preparation: The Key to Success

Filed in News by on April 10, 2015 Comments

The author says that witness preparation is a very important step in the preparation process for a successful hearing. He recounts some of his own personal experiences to illustrate why he believes this to be so.

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FedSmith.com Users Provide Suggestions for Improving the Federal Work Experience

Filed in News by on April 6, 2015 Comments

FedSmith.com recently asked our users for their suggestions on ways to improve the federal work experience. The responses covered a number of areas respondents felt needed improvement, such as agency leadership or dealing with problem employees. The author takes a closer look at the feedback received and gives his analysis as to what it means for the federal workforce.

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Will a New Budget Cut G Fund Interest Rates?

Filed in News by on March 24, 2015 Comments

Will budget negotiations for fiscal year 2016 negatively impact the Thrift Savings Plan used by federal employees for their future retirement? One proposed change could impact the value of participants’ investments in the G Fund.

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Moving Closer to Self-Plus-One Option Under FEHB

Filed in News by on March 22, 2015 Comments

The Office of Personnel Management is moving forward with implementing the “self plus one” option in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Here are some recently released details about this new option.

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