Government Executive - Promising Practices forum for government's best ideas and most innovative leaders.en-usSat, 20 Sep 2014 12:00:00 -0400How Environment Can Boost Creativity lighting and ambient noise may lead to more out-of-the-box ideas.Cody C. Delistraty, The AtlanticSat, 20 Sep 2014 12:00:00 -0400 - Promising PracticesR.Ashrafov/Shutterstock.comSo Many Risks, So Little Time aren’t waiting for a governmentwide risk management framework to take action.John Kamensky, IBM Center for the Business of GovernmentFri, 19 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0400 - Promising PracticesVAV/Shutterstock.comOvercoming the Fear of Public Speaking steps to reducing your anxiety on stage.Adam Grant, The Wharton SchoolThu, 18 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0400 - Promising PracticesPavel L Photo and Video/Shutterstock.comCEOs See a World Where They’re More Intimately Involved in Your Health of CEOs advocates for a world where companies have programs to address physical activity, emotional health, and chronic conditions.Max Nisen, QuartzThu, 18 Sep 2014 15:00:00 -0400 - Promising PracticesVal Thoermer/Shutterstock.comA Formula for Perfect Productivity: Work for 52 Minutes, Break for 17, social scientists suggest a precise time for mid-afternoon coffee runs.Derek Thompson, The AtlanticThu, 18 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0400 - Promising PracticesLaborant/Shutterstock.comEmployee Recognition: Try It, You’ll Like It workers’ accomplishments is a win-win for everyone.Howard RisherThu, 18 Sep 2014 10:00:00 -0400 - Promising PracticesBrt/Shutterstock5 Things to Know About Phased Retirement quite ready to make the leap? Find out if you're eligible for OPM's partial retirement plan.Katherine Archuleta, Office of Personnel ManagementWed, 17 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0400 - Promising PracticesRawpixel/Shutterstock.comAgoraphobia and the Telecommuter working from home enabled one woman's mental illness to flourish.Lenika Cruz, The AtlanticWed, 17 Sep 2014 11:43:00 -0400 - Promising PracticesApostolos Mastoris/Shutterstock.comReflections on 9/11 and Excellence in Government changed when the plane hit the Pentagon, and so did government.Dan Chenok, IBM Center for the Business of GovernmentTue, 16 Sep 2014 15:44:37 -0400 - Promising PracticesDouglas Litchfield/Shutterstock.comThe Way HR Works Needs to Change resource offices need to deal with big data better.Jayson Saba, QuartzTue, 16 Sep 2014 13:00:00 -0400 - Promising PracticesBrian A Jackson/Shutterstock.comGuess Where the Government Ranks in Customer Satisfaction? could better serve citizens and businesses by streamlining websites.Lara ShaneTue, 16 Sep 2014 12:21:44 -0400 - Promising PracticesMonakhova Irina/Shutterstock​Without Users, Performance Measurement Is Useless meaningful metrics to the right people drives improvements.Shelley H. MetzenbaumMon, 15 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0400 - Promising Practiceseurobanks/Shutterstock.comThe Ultimate Office Perk: Not Having an Office makers of WordPress learned the secret to employee happiness years ago.Aimee Groth, QuartzMon, 15 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0400 - Promising PracticesNonwarit/Shutterstock.comWant to Be Happier? Try Walking Even Part of the Way to Work research concludes that an active commute may be as important to well-being as marriage or a pay raise.Sam Sturgis, CityLabMon, 15 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0400 - Promising Practicespixinoo/Shutterstock.comThe Upside of Pessimism theory of defensive pessimism suggests that imagining—and planning for—worst-case scenarios can be more effective than trying to think positively.Olga Khazan, The AtlanticFri, 12 Sep 2014 16:48:26 -0400 - Promising PracticesPressmaster/Shutterstock.comWhy Every Executive Needs to Be Both a Hedgehog and a Fox’s critical to focus on the details and the big picture.Robert D. Behn, John F. Kennedy School of GovernmentFri, 12 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0400 - Promising PracticesChepko Danil Vitalevich/Shutterstock.comThe Complete Guide to Being on Time't overload your schedule and make better use of your time.Jeanne Kim, QuartzFri, 12 Sep 2014 13:00:00 -0400 - Promising PracticesOllyy/Shutterstock.com3 Ways to Keep Stress From Poisoning Your Work Environment’t lead your team to the breaking point., Corner AllianceFri, 12 Sep 2014 09:52:17 -0400 - Promising PracticespzAxe/Shutterstock.comNetworking Can Make People Feel Physically Dirty shows schmoozing for career growth can make your skin crawl—literally. It doesn't have to be that way.Laura Bliss, CityLabThu, 11 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0400 - Promising Practices Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock.comCutting Red Tape: It's Time to Sweat the Small Stuff program waste is easy to see, but don't overlook the daily complexities.Steve GoodrichThu, 11 Sep 2014 09:30:57 -0400 - Promising PracticesPicsfive/Shutterstock.comThe Complete Guide to Having a Productive Weekend up and stay away from monotony are just two of the tips.Jeanne Kim, QuartzThu, 11 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0400 - Promising PracticesNaps are a good way to enhance performance and restore alertness, according to the National Sleep Foundation. lightwavemedia/Shutterstock.com8 a.m. Is the Most Anxious Hour Text Line's data troves reveal the times of day and days of the week when we feel bullied, depressed, or alone.Olga Khazan, The AtlanticWed, 10 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0400 - Promising Practiceshikrcn/Shutterstock.comYou Don’t Need a Standing Desk, Just Do This Instead minutes an hour of walking really helps for those of us sitting at our desks all day.Sonali Kohli, QuartzWed, 10 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0400 - Promising PracticesTyler Olson/Shutterstock.comHelp Wanted: How Can OPM Make USAJOBS Easier to Use? wants feedback on overhauling the government's hiring website.Katherine Archuleta, Office of Personnel ManagementWed, 10 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0400 - Promising PracticesBPTU/Shutterstock.comTargeted Messaging: 3 Reasons It’s the Future of Government Communications marketing is a more effective way to get the word out.Alan Pentz, Corner AllianceTue, 09 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0400 - Promising Practicessilvae/