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Published January 23, 2017

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The author looks at the grievance process in federal HR, its history, effectiveness and current alternatives to settling disputes. [...]

Published May 30, 2016

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The “Weingarten Right” stems from a Supreme Court decision that forever changed labor relations. The author looks at the history of this court ruling and how it applies to labor relations in government. He also provides suggestions for each of the players involved in disciplinary meetings to help ease what [...]

Published April 19, 2016

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The author poses this question to FedSmith readers: if you currently pay or used to pay dues to a federal employee union, why did you choose to do so? [...]

Published March 9, 2016

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The author says that the disciplinary process used by human resources offices in government hasn't changed over the last 35 years and that it also doesn't work. He outlines another approach that he says agency human resources officers should instead use that is much more effective in disciplining problem employees. [...]

Published October 18, 2015

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The author discusses some of his thoughts concerning performance improvement plans. As he states in the article, "While I wish for a Federal workforce in which every employee occupies a job they are capable of performing, the thoughts that follow concern those unfortunate cases where a Fed is occupying the [...]

Published August 10, 2015

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What defines a “good” or “effective” labor organization and its leadership? The author says that he has recently been encountering a rash of agency officials with a profoundly negative experience of their employee representatives. He describes why he believes this to be the case and what he believes leads to [...]

Published June 28, 2015

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Should two employees with different work histories, attitudes, and behaviors receive the same discipline for the same offense? While this may seem like a simple question, the author highlights a scenario that makes it more complicated and explains why federal managers should not always apply consistent discipline. [...]

Published March 30, 2015

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The author says that there are too many managers who believe it's impossible to rid the government of unacceptable performers, but that a recent report from the GAO shows otherwise. He outlines some reasons why managers tend to freeze when addressing problem employees as well as some suggestions for ways [...]

Published November 2, 2014

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The author discusses the "table of penalties" often used by HR departments in agencies and explains why he believes it is no longer needed. [...]

Published August 3, 2014

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Which is worse for a Federal agency to have, a bad employee or a bad supervisor? No doubt, the government would rather have neither, but the author says the effects of inept, biased, or malevolent leaders are among the greatest risks to your agency's mission. [...]

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