Tag: Employee Relations

What’s Next for OPM?

Filed in News by on July 26, 2015 Comments

The recent data breaches have put the Office of Personnel Management into a deep hole. The author looks at some deliberate steps he says OPM must take to begin resolving its current predicament and eventually emerge as a better and more effective agency.

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Is Washington’s Big F.E.E.T.S. Stepping on Federal Employees?

Filed in News by on July 20, 2015 Comments

The author says politicians in Washington are using federal employees as political pawns which is likely to push talented people out of the federal workforce. He outlines some of the arguments coming from Washington against the federal workforce and dispels them with evidence of his own.

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Is Federal Employee Morale Lower Than Usual?

Filed in News by on July 15, 2015 Comments

The author says that over the last few years it seems the pride of public service has come under strain from changes to internal processes. He analyzes why he thinks this is the case as well as points out some reasons federal workers have to be optimistic despite the apparently lower morale.

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Senior Executives Are Happier Than the Employees They Supervise

Filed in News by on June 30, 2015 Comments

New data from the Partnership for Public Service show that members of the Senior Executive Service are more satisfied with their jobs than the employees they oversee.

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Balancing Dress Codes With Religious Beliefs

Filed in News by on June 16, 2015 Comments

Employers will use dress and appearance standards to create an employment “brand” for who they are, their culture and their values. As society becomes more casual in its dress standards, employers can find that instituting a dress code will not only draw resistance from some employees, it can land the company in the middle of a religious discrimination lawsuit.

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Outlining and Scripting Keys to Successful Witness Preparation

Filed in News by on May 4, 2015 Comments

The author says that witness preparation is a very important step in the planning process for a successful hearing. In his second article on the subject, he outlines some specific tips to cover with your witnesses when preparing for a hearing.

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Legislation Would Make It Easier to Fire VA Employees

Filed in 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 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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