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DHS surfing the retirement wave, turns focus to leadership, morale

Catherine Emerson, the agency's chief human capital officer, said the annual turnover rate is only 1.35 percent for its 240,000 employees. She said new programs, called Cornerstone and Capstone, are trying to ensure employees have the leadership training necessary for the future. The Coast Guard also is increasing employee engagement as it prepares to move into its new headquarters at St. Elizabeth's in Washington.

Tags: Catherine Emerson , DHS , CHCO , workforce , recruitment , cybersecurity , diversity , Manson Brown , Coast Guard , management , leadership training , succession planning , Jason Miller , Francis Rose , Agency of the Month

Monday - 09/10/2012, 11:14am EDT
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The beatings will continue until morale improves

Is it possible to kick a group into shape? When you want to motivate your staff, do you yell at them and tell them they are losers? Is this how coaches create winning teams? If so, federal workers are on the right track, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , workforce ,

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 02:00am EDT

Agency heads finding light at end of fed-bashing tunnel

Some departments are improving personnel practices around recruitment and knowledge management even in the face of pay freezes and criticisms of public servants. DHS created a higher education engagement group to bring in college students. GSA finds quality of applicants still strong. Senior leaders highlight successes during Public Service Recognition Week.

Tags: workforce , management , Public Service Recognition Week , Max Stier , Partnership for Public Service , Janet Napolitano , DHS , Don Hagerling , Ray Lahood , Transportation , Kathleen Sebelius , HHS , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , knowledge management , recruitment , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 05:20am EDT
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Analysis: NRC nomination battle hurts workforce morale

It's a good time for career employees at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to lay low and stay in their cubicles. A nasty political fight over President Obama's Republican, female commissioner nominee, Kristine Svinicki, has caused Chairman Gregory Jaczko to publicly deny he is abusive towards women.

Tags: Gregory Jaczko , Kristine Svinicki , NRC , Debra Roth , Federal Drive , Shaw Bransford Roth , management , workforce ,

Wednesday - 04/25/2012, 11:28am EDT
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Turning a negative work environment into a positive one

Breakers founder Nan Siemer on how to improve the working conditions at your office.
April 2, 2012

Tags: pay and benefits , For Your Benefit , Bob Leins , John Elliott , Nan Siemer , Breakers , work environment ,

Monday - 04/02/2012, 09:46pm EDT
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Low morale at DHS is 'referendum on leadership'

Strong leadership is key to boosting employee morale at the Homeland Security Department, according to testimony today before aHouse Homeland Security subcommittee.

Tags: DHS , Janet Napolitano , Partnership for Public Service , Max Stier , Michael McCaul , House Oversight Committee , Catherine Emerson , Congress ,

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 03:32pm EDT

Motivation in the workplace - it takes two to tango

Improving morale in the workplace isn't just a function of good management, it relies heavily on the employees as well, according to Paul Rowson, managing principal of Totally Engaged Workforce Solutions. Rowson wrote the column as part of Federal News Radio's special report, Managing Morale.

Tags: Paul Rowson , Managing Morale , workforce , best practices

Friday - 02/17/2012, 02:08am EST
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Congress to feds: We feel your pain

Over 20 bills affecting federal employees' pay, benefits, and pensions have been introduced by members of Congress in the past year. Federal employees tell Federal News Radio those are the kinds of things directly affecting their morale and motivation. What does Congress think about that? Federal News Radio asks both Republicans and Democrats as part of our series, "Managing Morale."

Tags: Managing Morale , Chris Van Hollen , Dennis Ross , Jim Moran , Congress , Mick Mulvaney , Michael Kane , Jason Chaffetz , Tom Fox , House , budget , pay and benefits

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 02:10am EST

How the military gets motivation right

In her 26-years of government service, Robin Wink served in both the military and the civil service. Wink says there's a lot civilian agencies can learn about motivating their workforces from those in uniform.

Tags: Managing Morale , motivation , military , DoD , civilian agencies , Robin Wink , best practices

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 02:01am EST
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Managing morale - lessons from OPM's John Berry

John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, offers his tips for managing the federal workforce during tough times.

Tags: workforce , OPM , John Berry , Managing Morale

Wednesday - 02/15/2012, 02:00am EST
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