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Howard Risher

Howard Risher

Workforce Management Consultant

Howard Risher is a consultant focusing on pay and performance. In 1990, he managed the project that led to the passage of the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act and the transition to locality pay. Howard has worked with a variety of federal and state agencies, the United Nations and OECD. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Penn State and an MBA and Ph.D. in business from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is the co-author of the new book It's Time for High-Performance Government: Winning Strategies to Engage and Energize the Public Sector Workforce (2016), with Bill Wilder.
Howard Risher is a consultant focusing on pay and performance. In 1990, he managed the project that led to the passage of the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act and the transition to locality pay. Howard has worked with a variety of federal and state agencies, the United Nations and OECD. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Penn State and an MBA and Ph.D. in business from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is the co-author of the new book It's Time for High-Performance Government: Winning Strategies to Engage and Energize the Public Sector Workforce (2016), with Bill Wilder.
Management

The Civil Service System Has Failed — Again

A new white paper reinforces the notion that the way forward is to work around the current system.

Management

Empowering Employees is Essential to Improving Performance

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

Management

The Missing Management Practice: Linking Metrics to Rewards

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

Management

The Lack of Meaningful Human Capital Metrics Is Hurting Agencies

There’s no effective dashboard documenting the government’s efforts to solve its considerable workforce problems.

Pay & Benefits

Federal Pay is Way Off Track

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

Management

OPM Should Take a Lesson From the Army

Making skills and competencies integral to talent management is an effective strategy in every field.

Management

It’s Time for ‘Stakeholder Public Service’

A commitment to fairly serve all who have a stake in government—including employees—would serve the nation well.

Management

HR Holds the Keys to Revitalizing Public Service

The pandemic and emerging budget problems make it imperative to manage government’s people assets more effectively.

Pay & Benefits

The Pandemic Drove the Final Nail in the GS System

The government is confronted with a different workforce management reality than at any time in the past.

Management

It’s Time to Recognize Employees Are Stakeholders in Good Government

The fact is, employees want their organization to be successful. They want to help sustain that success, and they want their value recognized.

Management

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.

Management

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.

Management

The Gig Economy and BLS Surveys

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

Management

Every Agency Needs a Semper Fi

The Marine Corps has sustained its elite status since its creation in 1775.

Management

Federal Agencies Need a New Management Model

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

Management

Performance Data Has Value Only When It's Used

Government employees learn very early there is an unwritten job description that delimits what they are expected to do.

Management

Agencies Need to Plan for Vacancies in Rural Areas

In many regions with aging workforces, increasing salaries won’t be enough to fill federal job vacancies.

Management

Government’s Pay System is Badly Fragmented

Next year, the GS system—its management philosophy and administrative framework—will be 100 years old.