Tag: Human Resources

Pay Raises in 2012? Possible, But Only Under ‘Extraordinary Circumstances’

Filed in News by on July 14, 2011 0 Comments

According to a memo released by OPM Director John Berry to chief human capital officers, the Office of Personnel Management may approve pay increases for certain General Schedule employees in 2012, but only in select cases.

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Do People Think You’re a Sexist?

Filed in News by on July 4, 2011 0 Comments

Do you have a plan for pronouns in your documents? Do you always use “he,” or do you mix it up with “she” or “he/she”? If you don’t have a plan — if you’re not consistent — you might be offending your colleagues.

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Defensive Driving on Federal Highways

Filed in News by on June 28, 2011 0 Comments

When you learned to drive, you were taught to be on the lookout for others on the road including cars, bicyclists, small children and pets. What does driving have to do with your federal benefits? The same principles you learned as a new driver can help you navigate your federal career.

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Ten Tips Organizations Should Consider When Implementing a Successful Succession Plan

Filed in News by on June 27, 2011 0 Comments

OPM has estimated that by 2015, more than 50% of the 7,746 senior executives in place at the beginning of 2011 will have left government. The federal workforce is also aging and many employees are expected to retire in greater numbers in the next few years. Therefore, it’s important for agencies to have a strong succession plan in place to deal with the inevitable staff turnover.

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Your Working Life in a Cube: Making the Best of a Difficult Environment

Filed in News by on June 15, 2011 0 Comments

Many federal employees work in an office “cube” environment. With more people in a smaller area, observing common etiquette is essential. Here are tips on how to get along with your “cube mates.”

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Those “Automatic” Within-Grade Increases and a Performance Based Pay System

Filed in News by on June 10, 2011 0 Comments

OPM has issued a memo telling agencies that within-grade increases are not supposed to be given out automatically. Will the memo change the existing system? Not likely. Here’s why.

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The New SES Federal Resume is Huge Challenge For Executives

Filed in News by on June 9, 2011 0 Comments

The SES resume is changing from an average of twenty pages to five. The author provides some advice on writing these new resumes.

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Are You Missing Out on Valuable Benefits?

Filed in News by on June 2, 2011 0 Comments

Here are a few benefits of working for the federal government that you may not know about and may want to take advantage of once you see the list of possibilities.

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