September 07, 2021

How Government Agencies Can Successfully Track Employee Proof of Vaccination

While rules for each organization may differ based on location and state legal regulations, local government agencies across the nation are grappling with the challenge of how to collect and track employee vaccination information to ensure the safety of their workforce -- especially given the recent FDA approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on August 23, which may prompt more organizations to mandate employee vaccinations. 

August 05, 2021

8 Skills All Entry-Level Employees Should Be Trained On

Entry-level employees are a critical part of any organization’s success. Often, they are the backbone that keep the wheels turning to achieve goals and objectives. With the right experience and training, these novice employees can grow into seasoned vets capable of leadership  and excellent performance for years to come. 

July 07, 2021

Crafting an Excellent DEI Statement to Attract the Best Talent

Diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts should be a crucial part of any organization’s recruiting and hiring process. However, it’s easy for DEI webpages with boilerplate phrases like “equal opportunity employer” to be written off as disingenuous if an organization doesn’t put in real work to ensure DEI initiatives are fruitful. 

May 13, 2021

Are Asian And Hispanic Applicants Less Likely To Land Certain Government Jobs Due To Bias?

Our 2021 Diversity Report highlighted important public sector recruitment data from January 2019 to December 2020, with a focus on the discrepancies between Black female and White male candidates.  

April 05, 2021

The 3 Most Common Themes in Public Sector Policy Changes for 2021

Despite a semblance of normalcy on the horizon, the effects of the pandemic will have a significant impact on how local government agencies are run in the future, especially for human resources departments. Government HR leaders have been forced to meet challenges they never had before, in ways they may have never thought possible -- like enabling remote work, designing touchless work spaces, and migrating manual processes to the cloud.

January 25, 2021

Public Sector Recruiting: Bouncing Back After a Tumultuous Year?

The COVID-19 pandemic sent shockwaves around the world in 2020, and one of the major effects was on employment, in both the private and public sector. Due to the business closures brought on by the enforced lockdown and the payroll freezes, many news sources including the Wall Street Journal describe the “economic downturn” of the COVID-19 pandemic as the worst recession since the Great Depression caused by the stock market crash of 1929. In fact, the national unemployment rate rose from 4.5% in March 2020 -- close to the record low --  to a record high of 14.7% just one month later (Bureau of Labor Statistics). 

December 10, 2020

Happy Holidays from NEOGOV!

EL SEGUNDO, CA - Working looks a little different this year, and so does our holiday video. Our team has been working remotely since March and came together virtually to spread holiday cheer by singing along to Winter Wonderland by Backtrack Vocals. Check out our holiday card, complete with the computer glitches and lagging that have been the markers of 2020. Happy Holidays from the NEOGOV family!

November 13, 2020

NEOGOV’s 20th Anniversary Conference Brings Public Sector and Education HR Community Together Virtually

For those familiar with NEOGOV’s invigorating user conference at The Mirage in Las Vegas, this year’s user conference looked a little different. No less exciting, but safer in the time of the Coronavirus pandemic, NEOGOV’s 20th annual Connect user conference went virtual for the first time.

October 16, 2020

The Underperforming Job Post: Determining Next Steps Using the 9-Box

Attracting enough qualified applicants to public sector positions can be challenging. While many applicants are drawn by the prospect of doing meaningful work and supporting their communities, public sector roles are often overlooked by applicants in search of perks the private sector can offer.

October 14, 2020

The Surprising Data Behind Recruiting in the Age of COVID

In addition to health concerns, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an upheaval of the public sector job market that has left many workers uncertain about their future. With massive layoffs and a hiring freeze, the US unemployment rate increased to 14.4% in April, the highest since World War II. 

According to our survey of 23,310 job seekers between April and June of 2020, 51% reported their job status had changed as a result of the pandemic. The top three reasons that caused a job status change were involuntary, including being laid off (32%), reduced working hours (25%), and being furloughed (18%).

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