Tag: Employee Relations

What Do You Do for Your Employees’ Emotional Wellness?

Filed in Headlines, News by on May 25, 2016 Comments

The author provides some suggestions as to how federal managers can work emotional and mental well-being into their employees’ daily work lives.

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Thank a Government Employee This Week

Filed in News by on May 4, 2016 Comments

This week is Public Service Recognition Week, and in the spirit of the occasion, the author gives thanks to federal agencies and their employees for their service.

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Bullying Kills – What to Do?

Filed in News by on April 11, 2016 Comments

The author says that workplace bullying often leads to violence or even death. She provides some statistics on how pervasive the problem is and also some suggestions on what can be done about it.

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DHS Leads Agencies With 71 Employees on Administrative Leave for More Than 1 Year

Filed in News by on April 7, 2016 Comments

Administrative paid leave has made headlines as a result of GAO reports and bills introduced in Congress to restrict agencies’ use of this procedure for a variety of reasons. A new report from the GAO highlights the problems in DHS—the agency with the most employees on this type of paid leave for more than 1 year.

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The Do’s and Don’t’s of a Municipal EVP

Filed in News by on March 28, 2016 Comments

The author describes her experience with setting up an employee volunteer program (EVP) when she worked for city government. She shares some of what she learned and how it can be applied to the federal government.

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You Might Be A Bureaucrat If….

Filed in News by on March 25, 2016 Comments

The author says that the term “bureaucrat” is one of those words that can be used as a slur, an epithet, and/or an insult, but it can also be used to praise someone who understands how government works and uses that knowledge to make it work better. Bearing the latter use in mind, he has made a list of ways federal employees can test to see if they are true “bureaucrats.”

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Disciplinary Action Process for Fed Workers Ripe for Change?

Filed in News by on March 20, 2016 Comments

Change is afoot in Congress for the federal human resources system for rating and removing federal employees. Federal employees who have been around for awhile may think we are moving forward to 1978—the last major legislative change in these areas.

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Should We Beat On OPM Again? Nope.

Filed in News by on March 18, 2016 Comments

The author says that when the Metro system shut down in Washington, DC this week, OPM was faced with a difficult, and ultimately thankless, decision. He says the agency made the right call and examines the various options OPM was faced with and why he believes it was the right choice.

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