Pay for Performance

After Decades of Stasis, Federal Pay Policy Is a Shambles

The Biden administration has an opportunity to change that, a former Trump administration official argues.

Why We Need to Focus on Pay Equity in Government

President Biden’s promise to “pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all” defines the goal.

Make an Effort? If Rewards and Performance Align

We put in mental effort when there's a reward, research finds, but also when our performance will make a difference.

GovExec Daily: Paying Feds More to Fix the Civil Service

Dr. James L. Perry joins the podcast to discuss how compensation reform should be a top priority for the Biden administration.

Fixing Federal Compensation Should Be Civil Service Reform Priority No. 1

Seven proposals for changing compensation to help realize a larger goal—an effective public service.

Empowering Employees is Essential to Improving Performance

Empowered employees take goal achievement very seriously. When problems arise, they know they are expected to act.

Empowering HR and Managers: Lessons from the Bush Administration

If job objectives are vague, how will managers be able to assess employee performance, and how will employees know what is expected of them?

The Missing Management Practice: Linking Metrics to Rewards

Engagement is clearly important, but it doesn’t assure an organization’s success.

Federal Pay is Way Off Track

The General Schedule system is unresponsive to labor market dynamics and agency staffing needs.

Federal HR Leaders Want a Comprehensive Review of the Government's Pay System

In the fiscal 2019 governmentwide human capital survey, agency officials said a lack of funding and the General Schedule are "significant obstacles" to achieving their goals.

Bonus Incentives Can Be Rewarding In More Ways Than One

People perform better when they have goals. They perform even better when they are members of a team working to achieve team goals.

Civil Service Reform, Again

The Republican Study Committee’s recent task force report is correct in its point that federal benefits costs cannot be justified.

The Gig Economy and BLS Surveys

Government does not understand this growing segment of the labor force, and that affects federal pay.

Federal Agencies Need a New Management Model

Practices are dangerously out of sync with those proven to support successful, high performance work environments.

How to Recruit the Next Generation of Feds: Better Pay, Benefits

Young people are increasingly looking for work-life balance measures like paid family leave and telework, stakeholders and experts said Wednesday.