Millennials Now Outnumber Boomers in the U.S.

 Millennials now make up a larger part of the population than boomers, according to the latest Census Bureau data. People who were born between 1982 and 2000, classified as millennials, now make up more than one quarter of the population, at 83.1 million. This is compared with the 75.4 million baby ... Read & React

States and Cities Are 'Labs' for Inclusive Governance

Local government presents increased opportunities for engaging citizens to participate in policymaking and strengthening their ability to improve outcomes, according to a new report from the Ash Center at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Truly inclusive governance requires ... Read & React

Taking a Pass on Passion

As the staff meeting started it occurred to me that coffee smells better than it tastes. Even with generous heaps of sweet and milky adulterants, the aroma itself overpromises. But as we sipped our cuppas and pre-reviewed the agenda for the team meeting on advancing a government agency’s program, ... Read & React

Recruiters Read a Tiny Part of Your Résumé, If They Read It At All

If you’ve applied for a job and never heard back—and who hasn’t been there?—you’ve probably had the nagging suspicion nobody even read your résumé. You probably weren’t too far wrong. Many job applications don’t get read with any kind of care or attention, because recruiters spend, on average, an ... Read & React

The GS System Cannot Be Fixed

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

The General Schedule salary system has become an impediment to good government. The annual analysis to compare federal and nonfederal salaries has lost credibility. No president has accepted and approved the increases to close the pay gap since the Federal Employee Pay Comparability Act was enacted ... Read & React

Why Some People Can Get Away With So Little Sleep and Others Can't

by Akshat Rathi

In a crazy sleep experiment a few years ago, I reduced my sleep from eight hours to a little more than four. I managed to do it by following a polyphasic sleep schedule, where I got a few hours of sleep at night and took short naps during the day. I was quite proud of myself—but then I discovered ... Read & React

What the Private Sector Can Teach Us About Open Government

The buzzword of the moment among local leaders is “open government,” and chief information officers are attempting to make the hype a reality. In the Center for Digital Government’s 2014 Digital Cities and Counties surveys, one of the top priorities for CIOs at the local level was “open ... Read & React

The Fantasy of a Four-Day Workweek

by Joe Pinsker

Essays about the fantasy of a four-day, 32-hour workweek seem to follow a certain formula: Start with an eminent thinker’s starry-eyed prediction of how many hours we’ll be working at some point in the future—sometimes it’s John Maynard Keynes, who said there’d be a 15-hour workweek by 2030, though ... Read & React

When Do Most Americans Think They'll Actually Retire?

by Janie Boschma

The ideal age to retire falls somewhere between the ages of 60 to 65, according to a new Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll. Retiring then works best, poll respondents say, because it’s the sweet spot for both age and finances. People are young, healthy, and financially secure ... Read & React

Report: Working Moms Have More Successful Daughters and More Caring Sons

The guilt many working mothers confess to may be real, but it’s looking less and less warranted. According to a working paper (pdf) published June 19 by the Harvard Business School, daughters of working mothers are more likely to be employed, hold supervisory positions, and earn more money than the ... Read & React