Robbie Kunreuther

Robbie Kunreuther is the Director of Government Personnel Services (GPS). GPS provides 1 to 3-day seminars to Federal agencies in four subject areas: Dealing with performance and conduct issues; Developing sensible performance appraisal criteria; Fostering cooperative labor-management relations; and Applying mediation skills in the workplace. Over the years, Robbie has trained thousands of Federal supervisors, managers, HR specialists, and union officials. For more information about him and GPS, go to trainingfeds.com.

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Probation in the Time of Pandemic

May 13, 2020 9:02 AM , Updated May 24, 2020 1:31 PM
Probation in the Time of Pandemic

The author says that during the time of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, effective use of the probationary period is more important than ever.

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Reprimands in the 21st Century

September 9, 2019 11:17 AM , Updated September 20, 2019 12:16 PM
Reprimands in the 21st Century

Reprimands are as old as federal HR itself. The author proposes some changes that could bring the disciplinary process into the 21st century.

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Show Me the Money

May 14, 2019 2:32 PM , Updated May 24, 2019 4:48 PM
Show Me the Money

How much do disciplinary procedures cost the government? The author explores the question.

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A Tale of Two Factors

March 10, 2019 9:21 AM , Updated March 20, 2019 9:02 AM
A Tale of Two Factors

The author says that federal HR advisors have gotten more cautious in their approach to discipline and often overlook the main focus of solving the problem.

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The Shut-Storm’s Silver Lining

January 29, 2019 2:03 PM , Updated February 7, 2019 9:01 AM
The Shut-Storm’s Silver Lining

The author says that the recent partial government shutdown may have a positive unintended consequence for federal employees.

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When EEO Isn’t About Discrimination

June 13, 2018 3:37 PM , Updated June 23, 2018 10:09 PM
When EEO Isn’t About Discrimination

The author outlines some of the challenges with EEO cases and his suggestions for improving the process.

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When is a Law Not a Law?

January 17, 2018 4:18 PM , Updated January 24, 2018 8:41 AM
When is a Law Not a Law?

The author asks when or if it is acceptable to work around federal HR law for convenience because the penalty for violation is excessive.

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Money, Manpower, Morale, and Motivation

Money, Manpower, Morale, and Motivation

Is pay for performance a viable option for the federal workforce? There are efforts to replace the General Schedule, but the author is skeptical it can work.

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Grievances Can Make Things Worse… or Better

January 23, 2017 2:21 PM
Grievances Can Make Things Worse… or Better

The author looks at the grievance process in federal HR, its history, effectiveness and current alternatives to settling disputes.

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Winning at Weingarten

The “Weingarten Right” stems from a Supreme Court decision that forever changed labor relations. The author looks at its history and application to government.

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