Federal Diversity Goals Are About High Performance, Not Compliance

The vision of equal employment was born out of the civil rights movement, and officially began with an executive order from President Kennedy requiring government to hire qualified people regardless of their race, color, national origin, or creed. Fast-forward half a century to Executive Order ... Read & React

Bridging the Millennial Soft Skills Gap

(This article was adapted from the book Bridging the Soft Skills Gap: How to Teach the Missing Basics to Today’s Young Talent.) A group of Peace Corps executives reported that program administrators receive emails on a regular basis from parents making suggestions and requests about the living ... Read & React

Dear Men: Wake Up and Smell the Inequality

by Adam Grant Professor, Wharton Business School

In corporate America, 88 percent of men think women have at least as many opportunities to advance as men. This is the finding of a major new study — almost 30,000 employees across 118 companies — by LeanIn.org and McKinsey & Company. Just 12 percent of men felt that women had fewer opportunities ... Read & React

Is It Fairer to Remove Alma Maters From Job Applications?

Last week, I wrote about EY UK (formerly Ernst & Young) scrapping their requirement that new hires have to have college degrees and baseline grades. Now, Deloitte UK is moving to change its hiring standards as well—by hiding what institution a candidate graduated from in order to prevent bias ... Read & React

Are Agencies Using Performance Info to Make Decisions?

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

Washington breathed a collective sigh of relief when a government shutdown was averted on Sept. 30. But that news overshadowed the quiet release of a Government Accountability Office report on the government’s progress on using performance information to make better decisions. GAO is mandated by ... Read & React

How Hillary Clinton Helped Her Employees Manage Work-Life Balance

With every new release of Hillary Clinton’s emails, Americans have gotten a better sense of what working in the U.S. State Department is actually like. The center of our national diplomacy is a place where people lose sunglasses, get stuck on the tarmac, and struggle with official phone trees. The ... Read & React

Will New Regs Trigger Better Executive Performance?

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

Efforts to improve government management typically focus on proven practices in the private sector. To be sure, there are differences between the business and the government executive -- compensation is the most obvious -- but both are the front line for planning and management of their ... Read & React

Why It's Not Looking Good for Women in the Workplace, in Seven Charts

by Jenny Anderson

“At the current pace of progress, we are more than 100 years away from gender equality in the C-suite.” That’s Sheryl Sandberg’s sobering conclusion based on a new survey(pdf) of 30,000 employees at more than 100 companies in the US, run by LeanIn.Org, the organization founded by the Facebook ... Read & React

Measuring Success: Will It Play in Peoria?

Well-designed small-scale testing can help government achieve greater impact not only at a lower cost but also in more fair, understandable ways. Government should embrace “test marketing” as a business-as-usual management practice, not an exceptional event. When I was a kid, for reasons that now ... Read & React

Where Telecommuting Is on the Rise

Joseph Kane and Adie Tomer at Brookings break down the latest Census data release to bring us a map of where telecommuting is on the rise among U.S. metros. The short answer is basically everywhere (except Omaha): Brookings No commute mode has grown in popularity more than telecommuting in recent ... Read & React