Steve Oppermann

Steve Oppermann completed his Federal career on March 31, 1997, after more than 26 years of service, virtually all in human resources management. He served as Regional Director of Personnel for GSA and advised and represented management in six agencies during his federal career. Steve passed away after a battle with cancer on December 22, 2013.

Contemplating Retirement: Shared Experiences from a Retired Federal Employee

By on February 28, 2012 8:56 AM in Retirement with 0 Comments

Are you ready to retire? A former federal employee shares his experience and provides advice to things to consider before you make a final decision.

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St. Louis Leads Way in Welcoming Veterans Home

By on February 17, 2012 8:46 AM in Current Events with 0 Comments

The author reflects on a recent parade in St. Louis he attended honoring veterans and its reminder of how he believes more needs to be done to support veterans and their sacrifices for the country.

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Sometimes It Hertz to Rent a Car and Other Travel Tips: Part Two

By on January 4, 2012 8:28 PM in Retirement with 0 Comments

This retired federal employee has used some of his time since joining the ranks of “former” federal employees to travel around the world. Here are some of his tips and suggestions to make the best use of your time and money.

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Remembering a Fallen Hero on Veterans Day: My Friend Bud Harenchar

By on November 10, 2011 5:53 AM in Current Events with 0 Comments

In honor of Veteran’s Day, the author remembers a long time friend and veteran of the Vietnam War, Albert “Bud” Harenchar, Jr.

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Supervising in the Virtual Age: Part Two

By on September 25, 2011 6:18 AM in Current Events, Human Resources with 0 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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Supervising in the Virtual Age

By on September 6, 2011 9:31 PM in Human Resources with 0 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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Sometimes It Hertz to Rent a Car and Other Travel Tips

By on August 24, 2011 6:44 AM in Current Events with 0 Comments

Travel problems? This retired federal human resources specialist provides advice on what to avoid in the name of frugality and how to have a more successful experience.

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

By on June 15, 2011 6:43 AM in Leadership with 0 Comments

Many federal employees work in an office “cube” environment. Here are tips on how to get along with your “cube mates.”

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Office Etiquette: Tread Lightly Lest Thy Co-workers Smite Thee

By on May 9, 2011 7:09 AM in Human Resources with 0 Comments

Personal hygiene issues and personal behavior in the workplace can be a problem. From bad breath, too much perfume or people who don’t like to take a shower on a regular basis, these issues range from annoying to debilitating for those exposed to them. Here is the first part of an article on dealing with these issues.

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I Don't Text; Don't Ask Me: Last Stand for an Aging Technophobe

By on January 21, 2011 7:08 AM in Current Events with 0 Comments

A long-time federal human resources specialist openly confronts his technophobia in a world of smart phones, texting and wireless networks.

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