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Dave Jamieson

Federal Workers At Fiscal Cliff: 'You've Got To Look Elsewhere' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Worried about further pay freezes and pension cuts, the unions representing federal and postal workers have a message for legislators se...

Federal Employees Need Attention

Ted Kaufman | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Ted Kaufman

A lot of important issues have been neglected -- or avoided -- by both sides during this presidential campaign. Two recent news articles reminded me of one of them.

Moving Forward in Times of Uncertainty for Federal Agencies

Tom Fox | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Now that we are in the midst of the presidential election cycle and face uncertainties regarding budgets and programs, some federal leaders may be tempted to keep their heads down and wait for events to unfold.

Bloated Federal Workforce? Not So Much.

Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics

The federal government employs 600,000 fewer workers today than the average for the past 50 years. In 2011 4.36 million worked for all branches of the...

HR Leaders Make Inroads Amid Turbulent Times in Government

Tom Fox | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

The federal government's human-resources community has its hands full dealing with declining budgets, looming workforce reductions, employee retirements, widening gaps in leadership skills and a host of other challenges.

How an Olympic Flop Can Inspire Innovation

Tom Fox | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

In the 1960s, a track and field athlete named Dick Fosbury developed a new high jump technique because he consistently failed to clear the bar using traditional methods. This unique "back first" approach helped him set an Olympic record and win the gold medal in 1968.

The Federal Telework Report Card

Josh Sawislak | Posted 09.16.2012 | DC
Josh Sawislak

Telework is not a silver bullet. It won't cure cancer or make your hair grow back (darn!). It's a management tool, pure and simple and we need to treat it as such and stop trying to vilify or lionize it.

How to Clear Your Inbox, Make Decisions and Generally Get Things Done

Tom Fox | Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

David Allen is the founder of the David Allen Company, which focuses on productivity, action management and executive coaching.

Smart Leadership Can Ease Federal Workers' Dissatisfaction With Pay

Tom Fox | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Federal employee satisfaction with pay was down 6.1 percent during 2011, the most significant drop in almost 10 years. As a federal leader, your initial reaction might be to throw your hands up in air.

Great Summer Reads for Federal Leaders

Tom Fox | Posted 08.08.2012 | Books
Tom Fox

Even if you prefer The Hunger Games to the latest management tome, summer is the perfect time for federal leaders to check out some books that offer new leadership ideas, tools or techniques.

Improving Your Agency's Leadership Clout Among Employees

Tom Fox | Posted 07.17.2012 | Business
Tom Fox

I've got some good and bad news for federal leaders. On a positive note, federal employees' views of their leaders have been on the upswing since 2003 based on an analysis of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings.

Before They Were Famous: Celebrities Who Were Once Federal Workers

Joseph A. Beaudoin | Posted 05.04.2012 | Celebrity
Joseph A. Beaudoin

Even though you don't hear about their work every day, that's not to say you've never heard of some of America's federal employees! Who are these famous former feds?

Government Workers Are Unfairly Assailed

Ted Kaufman | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Ted Kaufman

Those who believe that you have to pay well to attract the best talent usually don't accept the same argument when it comes to government employees.

No Respect for Federal Workers

Max Stier | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics
Max Stier

It is time for our political leaders to focus on what it will take for government to succeed against a tide of increasing challenges and decreasing resources. More politically motivated quick wins are not the answer.

Convincing a Cynical Workforce That Change Is Necessary

Tom Fox | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

To some public servants, the call to do even more with even less may sound all too familiar. It's especially difficult if your employees see it as a call to work even harder to achieve the same results with fewer resources.

Don't Let a Good Idea Go to Waste

Tom Fox | Posted 03.25.2012 | Business
Tom Fox

Do good ideas simply vanish? Do they resurface within an agency and save money without the headlines? No one really knows.

Both Public And Private Sector Wages Barely Grew Over Twelve Months

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.23.2012 | Business

Whether you work for the government or the private sector, it's likely your salary didn't go up much in 2011, but federal workers saw their wages grow...

Tips to Help You Stop Stressing Out

Tom Fox | Posted 02.25.2012 | Business
Tom Fox

Managing workplace stress requires focusing on the issues that you can control. Here are a few ideas I've picked up from colleagues and executive coaches over the years that may offer some benefit during these crazy times.

Getting Federal Employees and Managers on the Same Page

Tom Fox | Posted 02.12.2012 | Business
Tom Fox

Have you ever thought, "My colleagues just don't seem to get it?" You're not alone. Research across sectors shows that managers often respond to workplace surveys more positively than staff.

WATCH: Mitt Romney Calls Federal Workers 'Servants,' Complains About Wages

The Huffington Post | Dean Praetorius | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney isn't getting his facts straight. Speaking to workers at a steel fabrication plant on Monday, Romney, clad in his class-crossing plaid ...

Poor Performers -- Dealing With Performance Issues in Federal Government

Tom Fox | Posted 12.28.2011 | Business
Tom Fox

It's a supervisor's responsibility to take action regarding poor performers -- both as a team leader and as a steward of taxpayer dollars -- even as difficult and cumbersome as the process may be.

Jacqueline Berrien on Leading the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Tom Fox | Posted 12.20.2011 | Business
Tom Fox

"The ultimate measure of our work is a very long-term measure. Will the workplace be more inclusive and discrimination less common when my children, my godchildren, or my nieces and nephews enter it?"

Susan Grundmann on Protecting Merit Systems in the Federal Government

Tom Fox | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Tom Fox

Susan Tsui Grundmann is the chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board, an independent, agency that protects the federal merit systems and promotes government-wide merit system principles.

How to Be a Great Boss

Tom Fox | Posted 11.14.2011 | Business
Tom Fox

"The challenge for new managers is understanding you are no longer an individual contributor but responsible for the performance of others," says Linda A. Hill, professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School.

Are Government Employees Giving 100 Percent?

Steve Ressler | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics
Steve Ressler

Someone who likes their job 75 percent of the time is probably doing vastly better than average, so here are a five ways we can keep public sector employees -- and, really, anyone in the workforce -- interested, happy and productive.