What will you do when you retire? Many people travel to places they have always wanted to visit. Author Steve Oppermann is one of these retirees. He travels around the world, when not conducting human resources seminars for federal agencies.
The possible elimination of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) in filling jobs has triggered a virtual avalanche of articles and discussion. Even OPM can’t wave a magic wand and make KSAs disappear, since the requirement to use them is embedded in law, so the question seems to be how, not if, they will be used.
The author says that the nominee to head the National Park Service will be good for the agency’s future.
There is plenty of controversy surrounding the federal hiring process. One aspect is the proposal to eliminate federal KSA’s. An experienced federal human resources specialist weighs in with a proposal. The author says federal hiring can and should be improved and suggests how that can be achieved.
How are you coping in the current economic climate? Many federal retirees are having to “economize” in some form or other in order to maintain our standard of living. Here is the experience of one federal employee who took his money out of the Thrift Savings Plan and invested on his own.
An estimated 54 million people say they have been bullied at work.
In this article, the author addresses issues raised by FedSmith readers on “bullying” in the workplace. He also offers advice to employees who believe they have been subjected to bullying and how actions are likely to be perceived by others.
The number of returning veterans with major wounds is likely to be very large, and federal agencies will have to be creative, probably to an unprecedented degree, in coming up with the reasonable accommodations that will be needed. Is there the will in federal agencies to hire them?
Bullying in the workplace is a form of workplace violence and can include “cyber-bullying,” a new form of violence as current as today’s headlines. Bullying takes a toll on an individual and has an impact in the workplace as well.
The federal bureaucracy can be efficient. The author cites an example of an office improving its statistics, at the expense of its customers, by learning how to work the system to improve its performance metrics.