Snarky Coworkers Can Ruin Morale, Even When The Boss Is Supportive

At their most harmless, snarky coworkers are merely annoying. At worst, they bully or harass, producing a toxic environment. As employers have focused on formal management structures and the kind of workplace they result in — friendly and productive vs. unkind and dysfunctional — less attention ... Read & React

Make #GivingTuesday a Day to Remember

by Vince Micone

It’s that time of year again—the holidays are upon us and the Combined Federal Campaign is in full swing. Last year, #GivingTuesday—celebrated the Tuesday following Thanksgiving—was the biggest donation day of the campaign. In the Washington area, it raised approximately $1.8 million in a single ... Read & React

The EEOC Just Made It a Lot Easier To File a Sexual Harassment Complaint

by Oliver Staley

The U.S. government rarely moves quickly, and seldom responds to cultural currents. But either by design or coincidence, the Department of Labor perfectly timed the release of a new website making it easier to file sexual-harassment complaints. On Nov. 1, amidst nationwide soul-searching over ... Read & React

Joe Biden’s New Memoir Shows a Person Coping With Work Under Extreme Emotional Stress

“Uncle Joe” Biden is no joke. In a poignant new memoir, the much-memed former US vice president is a man bursting with grief as he tries to help run the country. Promise Me, Dad is out this week (Nov. 14) from Flatiron Books, an imprint of Macmillan. In it, Biden recounts the trying months in ... Read & React

The Potential Payoff for Applying Metrics and Analytics to Government Is Significant

Our recent column on metrics and analytics triggered several stimulating exchanges. One thread running through the reaction to these proven practices, which have been widely used in business for decades, is that they have not gained broad support in government. Corporate managers are inundated ... Read & React

Five Annoying Questions to Ask Your Grandparents at Thanksgiving

by Donald F. Kettl Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

Thanksgiving is almost upon us. We love the turkey and sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes and stuffing. But many of us dread of the inevitable political battles that will pop up over dessert. The drumstick stakes are YUGE. A November 2017 poll by the Cato Institute shows that 6 of every 10 ... Read & React

Sheryl Sandberg Is Calling BS On Your Long-Held Career Phobia

by Leah Fessler

It’s miserable to be stuck in one job while daydreaming of another. But we’re often discouraged from making the leap, because the path won’t be clear, the pay might be lower, the move might look—or worse, feel—like a step down. Sheryl Sandberg is calling your bluff on all of it. On a podcast ... Read & React

What Evidence-Based Policymaking Doesn’t Do

by Linda M. Springer

When it comes to improving citizen satisfaction with the delivery of government services, evidence-based approaches have been elevated to the status of motherhood and apple pie. If the government would institute these methods, we are told, the outlook for remarkable improvement is a near ... Read & React

Why You Need to Be Bored (And How to Get There)

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

When was the last time you were bored? I’m willing to bet that you can’t remember. If I’m right, it’s because, in 2017, no one ever has to be bored. That smartphone supercomputer you carry around in your pocket guarantees it. Don’t know what to do next? There’s always an Instagram feed to look ... Read & React

What Can We Say to Each Other at Work Now?

by Corinne Purtill

“So, what can we say now?” I have heard some version of this question so many times in the last month, as the shockwaves from the allegations against Harvey Weinstein and others rattle our daily interactions. It’s a question asked by people making an earnest effort to wade into a difficult ... Read & React