Tag: Human Resources

Bonus Time

Filed in News by on October 4, 2011 Comments

The author says that while well-intentioned, the bonus system can have detrimental effects when the focus is put upon attainment of a bonus itself rather than keeping focus on the overall mission.

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Scandal in Mistreatment of Silent Service Members

Filed in News by on September 28, 2011 Comments

While about 150,000 troops from America have served in Afghanistan and Iraq at any given time over the last few years, we don’t hear much about the 200,000 private contractors. They are patriots.

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Family Medical Leave (FMLA) Title I vs. Title II

Filed in News by on September 26, 2011 Comments

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was enacted into law in 1993 to allow up to 12 weeks of time off for employees to care for themselves or immediate family members who had a serious medical condition. FMLA is not an antidiscrimination law, it is an entitlement law and a very complex one at that.

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Supervising in the Virtual Age: Part Two

Filed in News by on September 25, 2011 Comments

Barriers to telework have more to do with attitudes than technology. Many supervisors who question the wisdom of the movement toward virtual offices and wonder how, or even if, they can ensure that employees who are teleworking are being as productive working from home.

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Performance Appraisals, an Inspector General, and the Bell Curve

Filed in News by on September 22, 2011 Comments

Performance appraisal season is approaching for federal employees. The author says that past performance ratings do not reliably predict positive changes for the future and offers some supporting evidence as to why.

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The Best (and Worst) Agencies to Launch a Career as a Federal Employee

Filed in News by on September 8, 2011 Comments

What are the best agencies in which to launch a career as a federal employee? This report provides a listing of the best and worst agencies and their overall employee satisfaction ratings.

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The Family and Medical Leave Act: Curbing Intermittent Abuse

Filed in News by on September 8, 2011 Comments

The author outlines some common scenarios he has seen employees take to try to “game the system” when using FMLA and some solutions for dealing with them.

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Supervising in the Virtual Age

Filed in News by on September 6, 2011 Comments

If you are currently a supervisor in the Federal government, and there was any lingering doubt in your mind as to whether Federal agencies have entered the “Virtual Age,” the Telework Enhancement Act (TEA), signed into law on December 9, 2010, should have put those doubts to rest.

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