Tag: Human Resources

Is Half a Workforce Strategy Better Than None?

Filed in Headlines, News by on November 22, 2015 Comments

Federal agencies are under pressure to create workforce strategies. The author writes one problem with them is that most workforce plans address only the federal employee side of the mix. He describes the components of an ideal plan.

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Great HR Service? Don’t Make Me Laugh

Filed in News by on November 3, 2015 Comments

The author asks the questions, “If HR is so important and HR Specialists are a mission critical occupation, why is it so rare to find someone who says they are happy with their HR support? Is there anything agencies can do to fix the problem?”

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The Incompetent Fed: A Dozen Thoughts

Filed in News by on October 18, 2015 Comments

The author discusses some of his thoughts concerning performance improvement plans. As he states in the article, “While I wish for a Federal workforce in which every employee occupies a job they are capable of performing, the thoughts that follow concern those unfortunate cases where a Fed is occupying the wrong job.”

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Let’s Put The ‘Chief’ In Chief Human Capital Officer

Filed in News by on October 6, 2015 Comments

The author says that while well intentioned, the Chief Human Capital Officers Act of 2002 is inadequate to meet the talent management challenges the government faces today.

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When You Leave Federal Service, Will The Government Miss You?

Filed in News by on September 27, 2015 Comments

An aging population of federal employees means that many are leaving federal service due to retirement. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) argues that this means there could be a damaging loss of institutional knowledge these federal workers take with them. However, the author points out that the turnover rate among federal employees is very low compared to the private sector and says that the loss of institutional knowledge from retiring federal workers might not be as bad as NARFE is projecting.

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Why Aren’t Agencies Using Easier Employee Termination Options?

Filed in News by on September 24, 2015 Comments

With all the hoopla and controversy about holding Federal employees accountable, a simple straight forward process exists to terminate Federal employees for a number of legitimate reasons within an Agency’s control. The author will provide a brief description of the process and suggest how Agencies that aren’t using it now can take advantage of the option.

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Do You Have To Lie To Get A Federal Job?

Filed in News by on September 22, 2015 Comments

The author says that more prospective federal employees are lying on their job applications in order to get hired. He explains why he believes this is happening.

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Managing with Blinders On

Filed in News by on September 13, 2015 Comments

The author says that the government keeps millions of job applications as well as volumes of other data regarding the human resources process. However, he says that these data are viewed primarily as “records” rather than data that could answer a lot of questions to help agencies better manage their workforces.

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