Tag: management. government administration
Managing a municipality is no easy task. It involves setting policies, managing public services, listening to the community’s concerns, supervising staff, implementing an annual budget, and identifying new approaches to solving common problems. Given the complexity involved in providing people the services they need day-to-day, many communities choose to hire a professional city manager.
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Although the recovery is benefitting many sectors of our economy, organizations find that simply throwing money at high performers turns out to be an ineffective means of retaining top talent. Money rarely ranks at the top of “why I love my job” list. As competition for stellar employees and executives grows increasingly fierce, many organizations … Read More »
Human resource (HR) departments in public agencies are fighting for credibility. Pressure to contain costs, engage employees, and be strategic has led many HR departments to flounder. HR wants to be seen as a resource and a trusted advisor to management. HR needs to be seen as credible in the eyes of employees. If the … Read More »
Working in the public sector today is challenging. Fiscal pressures, political winds, and shifting priorities can make the most devoted public servant question their commitment. Yet, engaging employees is at the top of the agenda for most public sector human resources professionals.
So how do we help employees bring passion and energy to work, even if … Read More »
For years the human resources (HR) professional has been taking about becoming a strategic partner with management. HR professionals say they want to “have a seat at the table,” “to be a strategic business partner,” and “to add value” to the organization. Yet, many of the top government officials that I work with don’t see … Read More »
Performance evaluations are an uncomfortable experience even in the best of circumstances, but an evaluation that brings “room for improvement” or the news that you are “not meeting expectations” can suck the oxygen out of the room, and leave you mentally reviewing your savings account balance (meager) and your options (Mom’s couch?).
Instead, take a deep … Read More »
Government has entered a new era. It is an era of reset. When completed, it will change the priorities of governments, nationwide. With the convergence of an unprecedented decline in the world economy combined with escalating cost associated with the delivery of local services, today many communities are finding it increasingly difficult to provide desired … Read More »
Times are tough. As a result, many state and local governments throughout the country are looking for ways to tighten the purse strings. An obvious strategy is to cut expenses, eliminating non-essential programs and services in order to balance budgets. While employee wellness programs may technically fall under the umbrella of non-essential programs and services, … Read More »
Pay Attention to the Chemistry Lesson When Thinking About Your Job Change!
In the last few weeks I have been coaching and counseling a couple of current Heads of HR about career transitions and I have found myself telling them both, after they had less than stellar interactions with the CEO (their soon to be new … Read More »