‘Heavy’ Multitasking May Cramp Your Memory

A new review summarizes a decade’s worth of research on the relationship between media multitasking and various domains of cognition, including working memory and attention. When doing the analysis, Anthony Wagner noticed a trend emerging in the literature: People who frequently use several ... Read & React

Government’s technology problems are as complex and difficult to address as any in the world. Agencies need to be able to hire the best. Howard Risher

These Are The Skills To Learn For The Future Of Work, According To The World Economic Forum

by Simone Stolzoff

When we talk about the future of work, we often talk about job titles as a proxy for where the economy is heading. Machinists and truck drivers are out, robotics programmers and project managers ... Read & React

Three Reasons Your Career Has Stalled

by Lila MacLellan

For those who are curious about why they haven’t risen to the rank they feel worthy of at work, it may be time to start pointing fingers at pandas. Yes, pandas. That’s the term Elena Lytkina Botelho and Katie Creaghof the management consulting firm ghSMART have given to problems that on the ... Read & React

Michelle Obama’s Career Advice: It’s OK To Change Your Mind

by Cassie Werber

Michelle Obama is a high-flier. She is best known now for being the U.S.’s first African American first lady, the work she did in that position, and the style with which she did it. But before meeting Barack Obama, and long before his run for president, she had an extraordinary record of ... Read & React

From Patchwork to Network: Serving the Whole Veteran

by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending World War I. Over 4.7 million Americans served in the military during that war, with about 2.8 million serving overseas. Today, the U.S. has been at war for 17 years in the wake of 9/11 terrorist attacks, with 3.5 million Americans ... Read & React

One More Time: Are Federal Employees Underpaid or Overpaid?

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

The Federal Salary Council is scheduled to meet tomorrow to “review the results of pay comparisons and formulate its recommendations on pay comparison methods.” This follows comments in the 2017 report from the president’s Pay Agent about “major methodological concerns.” In the spring, the ... Read & React

The Easiest And Most Effective Way To Make Your Colleagues Feel Happy And Safe At Work

by Leah Fessler

The business case for investing in employee satisfaction and inclusion is clear: When employees feel like they belong at work, they’re happier, more productive, and more engaged—which means they do better work and drive higher returns for their employers. Plus, working with a ton of grumps is a ... Read & React

Job Interview Mistakes That You Might Not Notice—But Recruiters Will

by Paul McDonald Senior Executive Director, Robert Half

A good friend called me last month to ask a favor. His son (I’ll call him Neil) was interviewing for his dream job—would I be willing to help him prepare for the interview? I spoke with Neil and invited him to come to my office for a mock interview. Neil had obviously done his homework on the ... Read & React

The Staggering Numbers Behind the Security Clearance Backlog

Is the backlog in security clearance background investigations finally getting better? The 2018 third quarter progress report released by the White House notes the National Background Investigations Bureau is on track to reduce the number of pending investigations to a steady state by 2021. ... Read & React

How to Cut Government Spending Without a Hiring Freeze

by Bruce Chew and William D. Eggers

Recently, the White House instructed Cabinet secretaries to cut 5 percent from their budget for next year. “Time for another hiring freeze,” you may have thought to yourself. Faced with pressures to substantially reduce spending, organizations often follow a familiar script: Impose hiring ... Read & React

Amazon’s Reported Move Is Bad News for Federal Hiring Managers

The government’s struggle to attract talented technologists is about to get a lot harder. The New York Times reported on Monday that Amazon has decided to split its new $5 billion headquarters between Crystal City in Arlington, Va., and New York City. The news comes more than a year after Amazon ... Read & React