The author says that a common approach to failure in organizations is to pretend that it didn’t happen, but she says that it’s actually important to embrace and integrate failure and what can be learned from it to improve going forward.
New data from the Partnership for Public Service show that members of the Senior Executive Service are more satisfied with their jobs than the employees they oversee.
Employers will use dress and appearance standards to create an employment “brand” for who they are, their culture and their values. As society becomes more casual in its dress standards, employers can find that instituting a dress code will not only draw resistance from some employees, it can land the company in the middle of a religious discrimination lawsuit.
Do you ever struggle with writer’s block? The author, who writes for a living, shares some advice about methods he uses (as well as some things not to do) to help with fighting writer’s block.
The author says that regardless of your role within your agency, having clear criteria for exactly what success looks like in the context of your overall mission is the single most powerful tool you can use to achieve satisfaction at work.
Within our organizations, most of us have classes on how to provide feedback with or to each other. Supervisors in particular are given instructions on how to provide feedback – and many are actually mandated that they give feedback to their employees on a specific time schedule. Yet employees are constantly saying, “I don’t get any feedback!” With all this attention and training on the process, why is it not working?
The author says that witness preparation is a very important step in the planning process for a successful hearing. In his second article on the subject, he outlines some specific tips to cover with your witnesses when preparing for a hearing.
Modern life in developed nations has become so routinely amazing that it’s easy to take it for granted. So let’s reflect for a minute on how much our lives are improved by things like these.
The typical work environment in a federal agency no doubt has little in common with Google’s, but government can still learn something from Google’s practices, especially with regards to how managers lead (or fail to lead) employees in the federal workforce. The author explains how he believes this to be so.
Whether in government or elsewhere, useful feedback is critical to your success – without it you don’t know where you stand. But have you ever asked a supervisor or colleague for feedback and gotten a ‘poop sandwich’ in return?