“A ‘five’ rating in my work group is not the same as a ‘five’ rating in another group.”
When you design a performance evaluation system you want it to be fair. Yet, fairness is often an elusive characteristic in public sector employee performance evaluation systems. A common request I get when asked to redesign a performance … Read More »
Hierarchical organizations, like traditional public agencies, have developed structures, policies, and rules that minimize risk taking and encourage standardized work processes. Governments have traditionally rewarded those who “play by the rules.” This approach seems to have worked in times of stability or expansion. However, today’s challenges related to funding and resource allocation require innovative, creative … Read More »
If you are rating employee performance on a five-point scale, it may be time to rethink your process.
The traditional approach to employee performance management, which scores employee performance, is being replaced with an increased focus on coaching and development. According to Bersin and Associate’s High Impact Performance Management Report, seventy percent of organizations say they … Read More »
J. Michael Wilkes, City Manager of Olathe, Kansas recently facilitated a fascinating session on organizational culture at the Alliance for Innovation’s Transforming Local Government Conference. The event brought together the best and brightest local government leaders to share ideas for making cities and counties better. Wilkes asked workshop attendees how they engage their employees to create positive … Read More »
Creative, motivated public leaders say interesting and thought provoking things when you put them in a room together. I have the privilege of eavesdropping in on many conversations between public sector leaders at the conferences and meetings where I speak. At a recent gathering of local government innovators, sponsored by the Alliance for Innovation, I … Read More »
In a recently released report from the Center for State and Local Government Excellence on State and Local Government Workforce Trends, staff development and employee morale were listed as the most important workforce issues facing government agencies today.
To me, staff development and morale are directly tied to the performance management practices of an organization. Clear … Read More »
The regularly scheduled one-on-one (O-o-O) has been called the most powerful management tool available. Yet many managers are not having regular one-on-one meetings with employees, and it impacts the work environment.
To make the O-o-O effective, it should be regularly scheduled (every other Tuesday at 9AM or every Monday at 4PM or whatever works). It should be … Read More »
My father, William Finley, and I recently compared views of the world of work. When Dad was the President of SCF of AZ, the workers’ compensation agency of the State of Arizona (he retired in 1987) there were certain “rules” that everyone in the workplace lived by. They were the “laws” you followed if you wanted to get … Read More »
The nature of public employment is changing rapidly. With threats to public sector pensions and reduced benefit packages, recruiting and retaining top talent is more difficult than ever. Long-term employees are expected to do more with less, in an increasingly uncertain environment. The question we all seem to be grappling with is, “How do we … Read More »
According to the New York Times, the public sector has shrunk by 706,000 jobs, since the post-recession peak in April 2009. Agencies are seeking ways to provide needed services with a smaller workforce that may be less engaged than ever before. Nearly all state and local government leaders who responded to the survey conducted by IPMA-HR … Read More »