Government Executive - Promising Practices forum for government's best ideas and most innovative leaders.en-usMon, 15 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0400​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/Shutterstock.comAmericans Work Longer Hours—and Stranger Hours are far more likely to work on weekends or in the dead of night.Max Nisen, QuartzTue, 09 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0400 - Promising Practicessakkmesterke/Shutterstock.comWhy Government Takes Calculated Risks 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 -0400 - Promising PracticesJaromir Chalabala/Shutterstock.comGerms Spread Unbelievably Fast in the Workplace 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 -0400 - Promising PracticesRommel Canlas/Shutterstock.comThe New Books to Read This Fall new titles about success, meaning and happiness in work and life.Adam Grant, The Wharton SchoolMon, 08 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0400 - Promising PracticesNavigating the Tricky Transition From Peer to Manager conversations with other managers and your employees might surprise you.Jackson NickersonFri, 05 Sep 2014 15:54:50 -0400 - Promising PracticesOne in Four Americans With College Degrees Shouldn’t Have Bothered college education by no means punches your ticket into the middle class.Matt Phillips, QuartzFri, 05 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0400 - Promising Practiceshxdbzxy/Shutterstock.comGrade Inflation: Does It Matter? to upgrade positions is costing the government in salaries and morale.Henry RomeroFri, 05 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0400 - Promising PracticesDesignsstock/Shutterstock.comDo High-School Students With Jobs Make More Money Later in Life? used to, but not so much anymore.Bourree Lam, The AtlanticFri, 05 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0400 - Promising PracticesKzenon/Shutterstock.comWill Social Security Still Be Able to Deliver in 2025? can't meet the increased demand without a strategic vision.Jonathan D. Bruel and Roger KodatThu, 04 Sep 2014 16:45:25 -0400 - Promising PracticesGemenacom/Shutterstock.comHigh Performance Is Not a Secret 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 -0400 - Promising Practices6kor3dos/Shutterstock.comHow to Write a Job Posting That Doesn’t Terrify and Demoralize Candidates example, list what’s most important first.Max Nisen, QuartzThu, 04 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0400 - Promising Practices BlueSkyImage/