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What Sweden and Japan Can Teach the U.S. About Its Aging Workforce

In just 15 years more than 20 percent of the U.S. population will be over the age of 65. That's more than double what it was in 1970, according to Census data. And as my colleague Bourree Lam wrote recently, an aging population means that the number of workers who are older than 65 is growing ... Read & React

A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves Eleanor Roosevelt

The Genius of 'Want to Grab Coffee?'

by Olga Khazan

In a few weeks, millions of college students will enter the real world with dreams of finding work that's meaningful and challenging—and preferably lucrative enough to live roommate-free in a major ... Read & React

OPM's New Educational Alliance

by Katherine Archuleta Director of the Office of Personnel Management

We know from the Office of Personnel Management's research that federal employees are well-educated and many hold multiple college and university degrees. They love to learn and often don’t consider their educations complete just because they work for the federal government. That is why I am ... Read & React

What's the Difference Between Executive Presence and Leadership Presence?

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

The title of this post is a question I was asked yesterday during an interview for the book summary service Get Abstract. While I guess I’ve thought about the difference between executive and leadership presence over the years (I wrote a book on the latter after all), I have never had the question ... Read & React

Breaking the Cycle of Constant Action Planning

Last week, the Government Accountability Office presented testimony during an employee engagement hearing before the House Subcommittee on Government Operations. GAO suggested that the short cycle time between one annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and the next compresses the action planning ... Read & React

20 Lessons Learned From Great Federal Managers

It occurs to me that I shouldn’t be giving away all my secrets. But I am betting that a rising tide lifts all ships. So that my doing so will show I am a valuable asset by being selfless and helpful. That’s lesson 1. Here are the rest: 2. Travel with a posse. It makes you look important. 3. ... Read & React

The Best Person for Your Next Hire Might be an Autistic Person

by Anna Remington

Microsoft has announced its intention to hire more autistic people—not as a charitable enterprise but because, as corporate vice-president Mary Ellen Smith said: “People with autism bring strengths that we need at Microsoft.” Employing autistic people makes good business sense. Microsoft is not the ... Read & React

Nine to Five, After 65

If you can afford it, the ability to enjoy one's elderly years out of the office is ideal. But longer lifespans often mean that retiring at a more traditional age requires workers to save up larger nest eggs and spend dozens of years living on dwindling savings. Retiring at 65 has long been ... Read & React

Are Loose Cannons Driving Down Your Employee Engagement Scores?

by Jennifer Miller Jennifer V. Miller

Have you ever worked with a “loose cannon”? This high-energy person moves ahead too quickly without checking facts. Loose cannons mean well, but their unpredictability causes collateral damage.  Typically, loose cannon employees are seen as a liability—and management is often looking for ways to ... Read & React

Five Tips for Hosting a Successful Twitter Chat

by Lindsey Backhaus

Twitter chats can be incredibly powerful tools to communicate directly with your audience. They can also be absolutely terrifying if you’ve never hosted one before. When hosting a Twitter chat use these five tips to keep from falling flat on your (digital) face: 1. Invite Partners to the ... Read & React

Infographic: 5 Types of Toxic Employees (and How You Should Deal with Them)

by Ross Gianfortune Engagement Editor

Gossip, low productivity and burnout can ruin a team. Often, these problems are introduced via one or a few bad employees, derailing moving toward a goal. All it takes is is one toxic employee to completely ruin a project. Reuben Yonatan of GetVoip.com put together an infographic -- with ... Read & React