Tag: Human Resources
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?”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.