June 01, 2018

How to Support Your Employees to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Most advice you’ll find about working smarter, not harder focuses on what an employee should do. But, optimizing their time and effort is not solely an employee’s responsibility, nor is it entirely within their control. Your agency plays an essential role.

January 29, 2018

4 Public Sector HR Trends You Should Know About for 2018

Planning ahead is the lifeblood of any human resources professional. Tapping into trends helps you proactively develop responses to the evolving demands of the public sector workplace.

Processes change and new ideas emerge. What worked well enough in previous years has become obsolete, and solutions previously unimagined have become today’s most effective best practices. Knowing what trends may pop up as hot topics at your agency gives you an advantage in the coming year.

Here are four important trends human resources professionals in the public sector can anticipate in 2018 and beyond. 

December 21, 2017

Data Shows What Drives People Performance

We can improve public sector performance if we make decisions about people practices based on data. One of the biggest initiatives in gathering people data is the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. In particular, data from this study points managers towards practices that drive engagement.

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 The feeling is justified when the process is outdated and disconnected from your employees’ day to day work.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. 

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?

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.

November 17, 2016

How to Tell if Your Performance Review Process is Ineffective

HR should be continuously improving its processes: performance management is no exception. Of course, that means that you’ll need some guidelines for reviewing your process. Here is a checklist for identifying where improvements are most needed.

September 22, 2016

Continuous Performance Management Process | 2 Top Tips

There has been a lot of press about companies in the private sector replacing the annual appraisal with more frequent feedback. The same desire for change exists in the public sector.

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