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Cues for Consolidators

June 13, 2012 The past few years have seen a renewed focus within government and from without on reducing duplicative, overlapping or fragmented areas of federal management. In some cases, this focus has meant consolidating program offices or management functions with an eye toward increasing efficiency. Managers overseeing these consolidations and the newly ...

Teleconference Technique

June 6, 2012 Travel costs time and money, and “conference” has practically become a four-letter word in the wake of the General Services Administration scandal. Hosting a videoconference from your desktop can be a cost-effective alternative, but managing one has its pitfalls. Collaborative tools, such as webcams and file-sharing software, are critical to ...

Ready for Your Close-Up?

June 1, 2012 Travel costs time and money, and “conference” has practically become a four-letter word in the wake of the General Services Administration scandal. Hosting a videoconference from your desktop can be a cost-effective alternative, but managing one has its pitfalls. Collaborative tools, such as webcams and file-sharing software, are critical to ...

The Collaboration Conundrum

May 30, 2012 When it comes to being a collaborative leader, managers must walk an extremely fine line. Those who stay siloed in their area of expertise while using the command-and-control style of leadership may struggle adjusting to new realities in their office, industry or agency. On the other hand, managers who try ...

Progressive Discipline

May 2, 2012 Even when the standards for performance and behavior on the job are clearly communicated, most managers find themselves dealing with a problem employee at some point in their career. Dismissal might seem like the quickest and easiest solution when an employee’s actions disrupt the office. But a disciplinary plan that ...

Progressive Discipline

May 1, 2012 Even when the standards for performance and behavior on the job are clearly communicated, most managers find themselves dealing with a problem employee at some point in their career. Dismissal might seem like the quickest and easiest solution when an employee’s actions disrupt the office. But a disciplinary plan that ...

Welcoming Wellness

April 18, 2012 In its most recent annual performance report, the Office of Personnel Management touted the federal government’s renewed commitment to cultivating happy, healthy employees. By the end of fiscal 2011, agencies had kicked off comprehensive wellness programs with the goal of attracting 75 percent participation rates within five years, and OPM ...

Federal Feng Shui

April 11, 2012 With ringing phones, buzzing BlackBerrys and chiming computers, we all could use a little harmony in our workspace. It’s one thing to straighten up the piles of paper on your desk or to put a plant in the corner of your office, but experts say arranging your desk or office ...

Welcoming Wellness

April 1, 2012 In its most recent annual performance report, the Office of Personnel Management touted the federal government’s renewed commitment to cultivating happy, healthy employees. By the end of fiscal 2011, agencies had kicked off comprehensive wellness programs with the goal of attracting 75 percent participation rates within five years, and OPM ...

Happiness and Productivity Go Hand-in-Hand

March 14, 2012 When Carol Waller Pope was designated chairwoman of the Federal Labor Relations Authority in 2009, the independent agency was struggling not only with accomplishing its mission but also with keeping its employees happy. That year, FLRA scored lowest among small agencies in employee satisfaction on a nonprofit’s annual rankings. Just ...