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How to Cure Federal Workers' Biggest Workplace Pains

Tom Fox | Posted 08.07.2016 | Politics
Tom Fox

My recent column on how federal senior executives have vastly different perceptions than their employees on a number of critical workplace issues stru...

Running Against Government: Here We Go Again

Terry Newell | Posted 07.23.2016 | Politics
Terry Newell

What then might a hopeful, optimistic message for reform of the federal government contain? It would insist on hiring the best people, quickly. The reality is that the federal hiring system is too complex, too slow, and turns off or away good people.

Dave Jamieson

Some Federal Workers Claim They Were Shorted On Pay

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of D.C. workers employed under federal contracts filed a complaint with the Labor Department on Wednesday alleging that they've ...

Charting the Wave of New LGBT Protections at Work

Marcy Karin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marcy Karin

Starting April 8, 2015, employers who do business with the federal government may not discriminate against applicants and employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

What Makes Good Government Leaders?

Tom Fox | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

Terry Newell was an Air Force officer, Director of Training for the Department of Education and Dean of Faculty of the government's Federal Executive ...

Trying to improve morale in government

Tom Fox | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Reginald Wells is the deputy commissioner of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Office of Human Resources and also serves as the agency's chie...

Small Management Tweaks With a Big Payoff

Tom Fox | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Federal leaders can have a major influence on employee satisfaction, but it can sometimes be hard for them to figure out where to start. They know it'...

Jobs/Transit, Hope on the Horizon?

Laura Barrett | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

With all the gridlock in DC, it seems impossible that anything fruitful or significant can really happen. But a few dedicated public officials are starting to push two very promising proposals that could affect millions.

How to make government a more excellent, more innovative place to work

Tom Fox | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Robert Sutton is a professor of management at Stanford University, an organizational researcher and author of numerous management books. On Leadership...

How to Take Charge of Your Career

Tom Fox | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Jesse Sostrin is the author of "Beyond the Job Description: How Managers and Employees Can Navigate the True Demands of the Job." He is also a consult...

Do Your Employees Think You Play Favorites? Three Ways to Tell

Tom Fox | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

As a manager, do you play favorites at work? Probably not, but the actions you take may leave employees thinking otherwise, according to a recent rep...

On Running the EPA

Tom Fox | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Robert Perciasepe is the deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and for a time served as acting administrator. Prior to joi...

Useful New Year's Resolutions for Federal Leaders

Tom Fox | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

THE NEW YEAR provides a great opportunity for federal leaders to make fresh start. Sure, the old problems have not gone away, new challenges undoubte...

Training a New Generation of Special Agents

Tom Fox | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

B. Todd Jones, a former Marine and U.S. attorney, was confirmed last July as the first permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms ...

What to do when the 'Best Places to Work' rankings come out

Tom Fox | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

The 2013 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" rankings, released on December 18, provide managers with important insights into the satisfac...

Getting Federal Agencies to Work Better -- and Together

Tom Fox | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Zach Tumin is co-author with William J. Bratton of the book "Collaborate or Perish! Reaching Across Boundaries in a Networked World." He also manages ...

Inspiring the young to public service

Tom Fox | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

President John F. Kennedy inspired a young generation to public service in the early 1960s, talking about the "honor" that federal employees should fe...

Building a culture of entrepreneurs

Tom Fox | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Leonard A. Schlesinger is a Baker Foundation professor at Harvard Business School. He most recently served as the 12th president of Babson College, kn...

How to use data analytics effectively in federal agencies

Tom Fox | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

The federal government, like private industry, is inundated with data demands and susceptible to the hype that big data will improve productivity and ...

What Washington's leaders have forgotten

Tom Fox | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Elaine C. Kamarck is the founding director of the Brookings Institution's newly minted Center for Effective Public Management, which will focus on ide...

Tips for how fed leaders can avoid messes like healthcare.gov

Tom Fox | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Government works quite well most of the time, but, as federal executives know, efforts to implement federal policies can sometimes encounter obstacles...

How to stay grounded as a federal leader

Tom Fox | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Leadership expert Bob Rosen is the author of the new book "Grounded: How Leaders Stay Rooted in an Uncertain World." He is also the founder of Healthy...

Dave Jamieson

Federal Workers Were Miserable Even Before The Shutdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Federal workers are increasingly disenchanted with their jobs and frustrated by their stagnant pay and shrinking resources, according to...

Mentoring young fed workers

Tom Fox | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Keeping young federal employees motivated and providing them with on-the-job guidance and professional development advice is always a good idea, but i...

The psychological toll on federal workers

Tom Fox | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

James Campbell Quick is a professor of leadership and organizational behavior at the University of Texas at Arlington. He specializes in addressing wo...