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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An Open Letter to OPM Director Nominee Katherine Archuleta

The author offers his suggestions for Katherine Archuleta, the president’s nominee for OPM Director, and invites FedSmith.com users to share their suggestions as well.

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The Effects of Rotting Apples

The author says that some of the most talented employees in government are looking away from it as a potential employer when they are needed more than ever.

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Discipline, Behavior, Distractions, and Change

By on March 27, 2013 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

Will a person’s behavior change when getting a written reprimand? The author analyzes the disciplinary process and offers suggestions for those who may be involved in a disciplinary situation.

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Passing Laws and Joints in the State of Washington

By on February 21, 2013 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

The voters in Washington state recently legalized marijuana. The author, who is a resident of Washington, discusses the new law and what it might mean for federal employees who live or work there.

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Performance Appraisals Designed to Improve Performance

By on November 25, 2012 in Current Events, Human Resources with 0 Comments

The author says that many people don’t consider the possibility of having performance appraisals that actually improve performance. He says that having a system designed to improve performance would be an appraisal system actually worth having instead of being just about the performance rating.

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The First Commandment of Performance Appraisal

By on July 28, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The author discusses performance standards and what he believes is a fundamental law of performance evaluations and the most common reason appraisals have failed in the past.

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How HR Should View 'Critical Elements'

The author says that performance appraisals should serve to improve performance rather than just rate it.

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Repeating the Same Mistakes: Does HR Understand Performance Appraisal?

By on February 29, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The MSPB recently overturned the removal of a DoD employee for unacceptable performance. The author analyzes the circumstances surrounding the case.

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How Many Judges Does It Take To Change A Light Bulb?

By on November 14, 2011 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

The author says that a recent MSPB decision highlights something he believes has gone wrong in government, that being an unwillingness or inability to effectively deal with poor performing employees.

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Performance Appraisals, an Inspector General, and the Bell Curve

By on September 22, 2011 in Human Resources with 0 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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