Government Executive - Promising Practiceshttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/A forum for government's best ideas and most innovative leaders.en-usMon, 15 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0400​Without Users, Performance Measurement Is Uselesshttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/without-users-performance-measurement-useless/94097/Getting meaningful metrics to the right people drives improvements.Shelley H. MetzenbaumMon, 15 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/without-users-performance-measurement-useless/94097/Management - Promising Practiceseurobanks/Shutterstock.comThe Ultimate Office Perk: Not Having an Officehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/ultimate-office-perk-not-having-office/94064/The makers of WordPress learned the secret to employee happiness years ago.Aimee Groth, QuartzMon, 15 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/ultimate-office-perk-not-having-office/94064/Management - Promising PracticesNonwarit/Shutterstock.comWant to Be Happier? Try Walking Even Part of the Way to Workhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/want-be-happier-try-walking-even-part-way-work/94070/New 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/want-be-happier-try-walking-even-part-way-work/94070/Management - Promising Practicespixinoo/Shutterstock.comThe Upside of Pessimismhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/upside-pessimism/94019/The 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/upside-pessimism/94019/Management - Promising PracticesPressmaster/Shutterstock.comWhy Every Executive Needs to Be Both a Hedgehog and a Foxhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/why-every-executive-needs-be-both-hedgehog-and-fox/93965/It’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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/why-every-executive-needs-be-both-hedgehog-and-fox/93965/Management - Promising PracticesChepko Danil Vitalevich/Shutterstock.comThe Complete Guide to Being on Timehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/complete-guide-being-time/93953/Don't overload your schedule and make better use of your time.Jeanne Kim, QuartzFri, 12 Sep 2014 13:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/complete-guide-being-time/93953/Management - Promising PracticesOllyy/Shutterstock.com3 Ways to Keep Stress From Poisoning Your Work Environmenthttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/3-ways-keep-stress-poisoning-your-work-environment/93935/Don’t lead your team to the breaking point., Corner AllianceFri, 12 Sep 2014 09:52:17 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/3-ways-keep-stress-poisoning-your-work-environment/93935/Management - Promising PracticespzAxe/Shutterstock.comNetworking Can Make People Feel Physically Dirtyhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/networking-can-make-people-feel-physically-dirty/93791/Research 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/networking-can-make-people-feel-physically-dirty/93791/Management - Promising Practices Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock.comCutting Red Tape: It's Time to Sweat the Small Stuffhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/cutting-red-tape-its-time-sweat-small-stuff/93788/Large program waste is easy to see, but don't overlook the daily complexities.Steve GoodrichThu, 11 Sep 2014 09:30:57 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/cutting-red-tape-its-time-sweat-small-stuff/93788/Management - Promising PracticesPicsfive/Shutterstock.comThe Complete Guide to Having a Productive Weekendhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/complete-guide-having-productive-weekend/93362/Rest up and stay away from monotony are just two of the tips.Jeanne Kim, QuartzThu, 11 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/complete-guide-having-productive-weekend/93362/Management - 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 Hourhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/8-m-most-anxious-hour/93662/Crisis 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/8-m-most-anxious-hour/93662/Management - Promising Practiceshikrcn/Shutterstock.comYou Don’t Need a Standing Desk, Just Do This Insteadhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/you-dont-need-standing-desk-just-do-instead/93641/Five 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 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/you-dont-need-standing-desk-just-do-instead/93641/Management - Promising PracticesTyler Olson/Shutterstock.comHelp Wanted: How Can OPM Make USAJOBS Easier to Use?http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/help-wanted-how-can-opm-make-usajobs-easier-use/93560/OPM wants feedback on overhauling the government's hiring website.Katherine Archuleta, Office of Personnel ManagementWed, 10 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/help-wanted-how-can-opm-make-usajobs-easier-use/93560/Management - Promising PracticesBPTU/Shutterstock.comTargeted Messaging: 3 Reasons It’s the Future of Government Communicationshttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/inbound-marketing-3-reasons-its-future-government-communications/93554/Inbound marketing is a more effective way to get the word out.Alan Pentz, Corner AllianceTue, 09 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/inbound-marketing-3-reasons-its-future-government-communications/93554/Management - Promising Practicessilvae/Shutterstock.comAmericans Work Longer Hours—and Stranger Hourshttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/americans-work-longer-hoursand-stranger-hours/93476/Americans are far more likely to work on weekends or in the dead of night.Max Nisen, QuartzTue, 09 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/americans-work-longer-hoursand-stranger-hours/93476/Management - Promising Practicessakkmesterke/Shutterstock.comWhy Government Takes Calculated Riskshttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/risky-business-why-government-takes-calculated-risks/93482/We can't exactly ground all flights to prevent crashes, so how can federal managers avoid risk?John Kamensky, IBM Center for the Business of GovernmentTue, 09 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/risky-business-why-government-takes-calculated-risks/93482/Management - Promising PracticesJaromir Chalabala/Shutterstock.comGerms Spread Unbelievably Fast in the Workplacehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/germs-spread-unbelievably-fast-workplace/93473/It can take as little as 2 hours for one stomach-flu sufferer to contaminate half of a single office.John Metcalfe, CityLabMon, 08 Sep 2014 20:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/germs-spread-unbelievably-fast-workplace/93473/Management - Promising PracticesRommel Canlas/Shutterstock.comThe New Books to Read This Fallhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/new-books-read-fall/93290/14 new titles about success, meaning and happiness in work and life.Adam Grant, The Wharton SchoolMon, 08 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/new-books-read-fall/93290/Management - Promising PracticesNavigating the Tricky Transition From Peer to Managerhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/navigating-tricky-transition-peer-manager/93284/Early conversations with other managers and your employees might surprise you.Jackson NickersonFri, 05 Sep 2014 15:54:50 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/navigating-tricky-transition-peer-manager/93284/Management - Promising PracticesOne in Four Americans With College Degrees Shouldn’t Have Botheredhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/one-four-americans-college-degrees-shouldnt-have-bothered/93227/A college education by no means punches your ticket into the middle class.Matt Phillips, QuartzFri, 05 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/one-four-americans-college-degrees-shouldnt-have-bothered/93227/Management - Promising Practiceshxdbzxy/Shutterstock.comGrade Inflation: Does It Matter?http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/grade-inflation-does-it-matter/93218/Pressure to upgrade positions is costing the government in salaries and morale.Henry RomeroFri, 05 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/grade-inflation-does-it-matter/93218/Management - Promising PracticesDesignsstock/Shutterstock.comDo High-School Students With Jobs Make More Money Later in Life?http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/do-high-school-students-jobs-make-more-money-later-life/93215/They used to, but not so much anymore.Bourree Lam, The AtlanticFri, 05 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/do-high-school-students-jobs-make-more-money-later-life/93215/Management - Promising PracticesKzenon/Shutterstock.comWill Social Security Still Be Able to Deliver in 2025?http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/will-social-security-still-be-able-deliver-2025/93191/SSA can't meet the increased demand without a strategic vision.Jonathan D. Bruel and Roger KodatThu, 04 Sep 2014 16:45:25 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/will-social-security-still-be-able-deliver-2025/93191/Management - Promising PracticesGemenacom/Shutterstock.comHigh Performance Is Not a Secrethttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/high-performance-not-secret/93158/Despite the fed-bashing and pay freezes, employees want to prove their value and contribute to their agency’s success.Howard RisherThu, 04 Sep 2014 15:04:45 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/high-performance-not-secret/93158/Management - Promising Practices6kor3dos/Shutterstock.comHow to Write a Job Posting That Doesn’t Terrify and Demoralize Candidateshttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/how-write-job-posting-doesnt-terrify-and-demoralize-candidates/93074/For example, list what’s most important first.Max Nisen, QuartzThu, 04 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/09/how-write-job-posting-doesnt-terrify-and-demoralize-candidates/93074/Management - Promising Practices BlueSkyImage/Shutterstock.com