Tag: Employee Relations

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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Bills to Restrict Administrative Leave Advancing in Congress

Filed in News by on March 2, 2016 Comments

The chances of new restrictions being placed on use of administrative leave by agencies is growing as bills to accomplish this have been reported out of committees in both the House and the Senate.

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Bills Seek to Curb Misuse of Paid Administrative Leave in Agencies

Filed in News by on January 21, 2016 Comments

Congress is considering two bills to try to curb abuse of administrative leave in agencies sometimes described as a method for agencies to avoid making tough personnel decisions.

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