Human Resources

Should Federal Pay Be Related To Performance?

February 19, 2007 6:44 AM

Performance management is largely a subjective process. Federal managers are in the best position to make decisions on federal pay and performance. It is unfair to American taxpayers to allow a system in which performance plays a very small role in how employees are compensated.

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Federal Leave Policies: Blessing or Curse? (Part Two)

February 13, 2007 7:21 AM

Supervisors and managers are selected for their understanding and ability of the work not of people nor because they possess supervisory skills. Managing leave in the federal environment would be a challenge for anyone. Here is how “flexibility” can look to a federal manager.

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Reference Checking: An Art, Not a Science

February 7, 2007 7:30 AM

Checking an employee’s references can make the difference between hiring an employee who will be successful in your organization and hiring one who will not be successful. Here are tips for checking references to help make a good hiring decision.

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NTEU’s Alleged Defense of Merit Principles: What’s a Little Hypocrisy Among Friends and Colleagues?

February 6, 2007 7:13 AM

Are the goals of a recent lawsuit filed by a federal union to improve the merit system or to prevent an agency from being able to bring in new employees from outside the agency?

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So Now We Know There’s a Problem–What’s the Solution?

February 2, 2007 8:56 AM

The MSPB recently conducted focus groups around the country about fair and equitable treatment in the federal workplace. Now that we know there is a problem, what is the solution to the problem?

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Federal Leave Policies: A Blessing or A Curse?

January 30, 2007 7:14 AM

Recent articles on sick leave generated a substantial response from readers. Some asked what kinds of leave federal employees can use or for more information on when sick leave can be used. Some of the righteous indignation, ethical outrage, and management concern may be heightened or alleviated after reading more about federal employee leave policies.

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Are Reference Checks Worth The Trouble?

January 18, 2007 7:13 AM

Reference checking in federal agencies is often neglected, misunderstood or both. In this article, the author says that reference checks are worth your time and trouble to avoid hiring an employee you subsequently regret hiring.

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Sick Leave Abuse: Part 3 – Resolving the Problem

January 15, 2007 7:51 PM

This is the third part of a series on sick leave. This article deals with a 12-step program for a supervisor to help resolve sick leave issues.

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Seven Secrets for Writing Successful KSAs

January 11, 2007 7:55 AM

Knowing how to respond to a federal job vacancy can be critical to getting your application seriously considered. Federal agencies use KSA’s and knowing what they are and how to respond will give you a better chance of getting a new job or promotion.

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Feeling the Heat of Your Political Passions? Have Another Latte Before Hitting the Send Button

January 9, 2007 8:21 AM

Violating the Hatch Act can get a federal employee into trouble. Two new cases have again demonstrated that sending an e-mail while on duty in a government building can lead to disciplinary action.

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