October 11, 2017

Tips for Recruiting a Diverse Workforce

Organizations that embrace diversity are more innovative and do a better job of meeting community needs. A lack of diversity can inhibit your organization’s creativity and even make you the focus of public criticism.

The markers of diversity are diverse. There’s race, ethnic group, gender, cultural background, age, disability, and more. Valuing diversity also means welcoming those with a range of experiences, perspectives, education, and ideas.

With all that to encompass, how can you change your recruitment approach to cultivate a more diverse workforce?

September 20, 2017

How to Change Your Performance Review Process

Performance reviews are often unloved. The feeling is justified when the process is outdated and disconnected from your employees’ day to day work. If this is the case, giving your organization’s performance review process a thorough overhaul can radically rejuvenate your employee engagement. 

August 14, 2017

Your Talent Management Strategy for Job Hopping Millennials

Job hopping by Millennials is a seemingly unstoppable scourge. The IPMA-HR HR2020 Task Force identified job hopping as a talent management priority. They described the problem as high turnover rates due to the current tendency of the newer generation’s job hopping every 3-4 years and the current mindset within the public sector that job hopping is not a positive attribute. The obvious tactic is to combat job hopping, but that’s not easy to do. What if we take a different approach and try to use job hopping to our own advantage?

July 14, 2017

4 Steps to Creating Attention-Grabbing Recruitment Ads

A recruitment ad is so much more than a description of job duties. At its essence, it’s an advertisement that effectively promotes a role at your organization, your workplace culture, and the brand of the organization itself. With your recruitment advertising, you need to grab people’s attention and then not let go.

June 07, 2017

How to Differentiate Your Public Sector Brand

Your brand tells the public who you are, and as an extension of that, can help you attract the best and brightest to your workforce. Your brand can help you differentiate yourself in a meaningful way that potential employees will remember and that current employees can live out on a day-to-day basis. Here's how. 

May 12, 2017

How to Use Talent Personas for Government Recruitment

Finding ideal candidates is an ongoing challenge for every HR department. Fortunatley, HR has tools at their disposal. One of those tools is often under-utilized. What's that tool you might ask? —Talent personas... think of them like a wanted poster for your ideal hire. If you follow the suggestions below and take the time to really map out what you’re looking for in a candidate, personas are likely to become one of your go-to HR tools.

April 05, 2017

Using Recruitment to Support Culture in the Public Sector

One of the findings of the IPMA-HR HR2020 Task Force was that only 49% of public sector organizations believe recruiting directly supports the culture. If we set the bar a bit higher and ask if recruiting strongly supports the culture, only 11% say it does. If the recruitment process in your organization isn’t promoting the desired culture, what should you do?

March 16, 2017

How to Develop a Performance Improvement Plan

The dreaded PIP. Though the acronym stands for Performance Improvement Plan, to many employees it might just as well mean “Panic-Inducing Punishment.”

The best employers know a PIP can place underperforming staff on a path to transform themselves into better employees. But, in practice, a PIP is too often a half-hearted attempt at giving somebody one last improbable chance to save their job. Sometimes, managers treat the PIP as little more than a mandatory step in the process of firing an employee.

Performance Improvement Plans have so much potential. How can a PIP revive a struggling employee’s job performance?

March 01, 2017

How to Refine Your Onboarding Process: The Importance of What Employees Say

Every organization will have a unique employee onboarding process. Of course, the details will be partly dictated by administrative, IT, legal, and human resource needs. But, for your onboarding to be effective, it should also be guided by continuous employee feedback.

February 16, 2017

The Power of Empathy in Employee Performance Reviews

By bringing empathy into your employee performance reviews, your organization can improve the process for employees and managers alike. You can also increase the positive organizational outcomes that result from well-run, productive employee performance reviews.