Government Executive - Promising Practices forum for government's best ideas and most innovative leaders.en-usFri, 29 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0400​To RIF or Not to RIF can be traumatic, but sparing jobs can do more harm than good.Jeffrey NealFri, 29 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0400 - Promising PracticesPeople With an Inflated View of Themselves Get Others to Believe It, Too implications span across the workforce.Zach Wener-Fligner, QuartzFri, 29 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0400 - Promising Practices Jovanovic Dejan/Shutterstock.comUnlocking Federal Talent is helping agencies create a culture of excellence and engagement.Katherine Archuleta, Office of Personnel ManagementThu, 28 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0400 - Promising PracticesIn Performance Reviews, Women are Criticized for Personality Rather Than Performance gender of the manager giving the review didn’t make a difference.Max Nisen, QuartzThu, 28 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0400 - Promising PracticesThese two will get wildly different language in their performance reviews. 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It's an internship.Derek Thompson, The AtlanticTue, 19 Aug 2014 10:00:00 -0400 - Promising Practiceshxdbzxy/Shutterstock.comThe Seven Signs That You Work Too Hard psychologists assess and sometimes recommend treating workaholism as an addiction in its own right.Max Nisen, QuartzMon, 18 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0400 - Promising PracticesMopic/