Promising Practices

How Agencies Can Maximize Year-End Spending

Investing in employees today is essential to meeting 2022 goals. Postponing it to the next fiscal year will be too late.

The Link Between Self-Reliance and Well-Being

Individualism is about having the freedom to be who you are—not going it alone.

It’s not Just Bad Behavior – Why Social Media Design Makes It Hard to Have Constructive Disagreements Online

How social media services work – the nuts and bolts of interacting with others online – has the power to shape and improve online arguments. Here's how.

What Is Politeness Now?

Our pre-pandemic social manners have been upended. But although etiquette is always in flux, its principles should be timeless.

By Now, Burnout Is a Given

The pandemic has stripped our emotional reserves even further, laying bare our unique physical, social, and emotional vulnerabilities.

Report: Positive Trends in Aging, but not for Everyone

A new report indicates many older Americans are better able to handle daily care, particularly women. But, there are disparities.

Gen Z Could Lead a Renaissance in Public Service—If Only They Could Get In

A service-minded 21-year-old says her peers want to work in government, but the barriers to entry are too high. She has some suggestions for how to fix that.

Building On Biden’s EO on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Research offers recommendations for improving transparency, access, recruitment and accountability.

Researchers: Career Metrics Uphold Racism, Sexism in Science

The publication and citation metrics that mark career success for academic researchers ensure that racism and sexism maintain their hold, an essay argues.

What Quitters Understand About the Job Market

More Americans are telling their boss to shove it. Is the workplace undergoing a revolution—or just a post-pandemic spasm?

Kill the 5-Day Workweek

Reducing hours without reducing pay would reignite an essential but long-forgotten moral project: making American life less about work.

Winners and Losers of the Work-From-Home Revolution

High-income workers at highly profitable companies will benefit greatly. Downtown landlords won’t.

The Psychological Benefits of Commuting to Work

Many people who have been working from home are experiencing a void they can’t quite name.

How Biden Can Strengthen the Federal Workforce

There is no better way to understand how the work experience has changed and how it can be improved than meeting with front line employees.

Workers Who Feel Powerless Get Paranoid and Aggressive

Workers who feel like they don't have power on the job can start feeling paranoid and even start lashing out, researchers find.

Preparing for Re-entry into the Physical Workplace: Lessons from NASA

What NASA knows about the effects of living in relative social isolation for an extended period of time and then adjusting to being around lots of people again.

Enhancing the Mental Wellbeing of Federal Workers

Employee mental health is an important barometer of the health of agencies, with implications for retention and productivity.