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There’s a Limit to Doing More With Less, And Many Feds Have Reached It

June 14, 2017 It should come as no surprise that almost all public sector leaders today anticipate increased cost pressures to get their jobs done. In a recent survey of these leaders by CEB (now Gartner) 85 percent believe their workload will increase in the future, but only 20 percent think their resources...

Productivity Doesn’t Have to Stall During a Presidential Transition

June 1, 2016 Everyone knows administration transitions are complex – thousands of leaders move seats as the current administration exits office and the new one comes in, bringing in new policies and strategies aimed at meeting election promises. That complexity starts with the often long process of identifying the new leader. In fact,...

How to Get Ahead of 2016: Ensuring Federal IT Can Adapt to Leadership Transitions

August 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Liz Joyce and Lon Zanetta are executive advisers at CEB. As government agencies turn their attention to planning for 2016, one thing is clear: Most political appointees in agency leadership positions today will not be in seat 18 months from now and many may start their transitions early. Regardless of...

Smart Hiring: The Quality Imperative

May 14, 2015 With the emergence of several job sourcing sites like USAJobs, there are more candidates applying for more positions in the federal government than ever before. Each year, agencies post thousands of job vacancy announcements, resulting in many more thousands of applicants. This seems like great news. By creating larger pipelines...

The Purpose of the FedView Survey Is More Than Satisfaction

November 11, 2014 Recently, the Office of Personnel Management released the governmentwide results for the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and soon, we’ll also learn which agencies are deemed the best places to work, and which ones need improvement. While engagement is always a focus during the month when survey results are released, it’s...

3 Ways to Build an Agile Workforce

April 3, 2014 Federal employees are facing unprecedented changes at every turn. This has leaders asking: “How can I equip my teams to adapt quickly and successfully to change?” Or, more simply: “How do I build a more agile workforce?” Agility is a word we hear frequently in conversations with federal leaders, and...

4 Ways to Improve Morale Post-Shutdown

October 23, 2013 Most federal managers have spent the last several weeks focusing on Congress, the budget impasse and factors outside of their control. The good news is that employees have returned to work and federal managers now have the ability to control one of the most important drivers for the future success...