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Inclusion Drives Innovation

Inclusion Drives Innovation

Oct 10, 2017 | By: Drew Lessard | Category: FedHR Navigator

EconSys is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. Throughout the month, we’ll be engaging in a...

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3 Reasons You Should Automate Employee Performance Management

3 Reasons You Should Automate Employee Performance Management

Oct 04, 2017 | By: Drew Lessard | Category: FedHR Navigator

If your agency is like most, your current performance management (PM) practices likely rely on manually collecting annual evaluations or other time-consuming, paper-based procedures. Even if you’ve managed to partially automate certain processes with database templates or other basic electronic...

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How Technology is Transforming Performance Management

How Technology is Transforming Performance Management

Sep 28, 2017 | By: Drew Lessard | Category: FedHR Navigator

Formal performance management programs have been around since the Industrial Revolution. In those days, the manager of a manufacturing plant would set a quota and give his subordinates annual goals. Those subordinates will give goals to their subordinates and those goals will trickle down as...

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What’s Fair? Managing Perceptions of Performance Management Programs

What’s Fair? Managing Perceptions of Performance Management Programs

Sep 20, 2017 | By: Drew Lessard | Category: FedHR Navigator

Agencies use performance management programs to inform employee decisions related to compensation, transfers, promotions and workforce cuts. A key goal of any performance management program is to distinguish top performers from the rest of the pack in order to reward the top performers. As long...

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Does Your Agency Have a Plan for High Potential Employee Flight Risk?

Does Your Agency Have a Plan for High Potential Employee Flight Risk?

Sep 14, 2017 | By: Drew Lessard | Category: FedHR Navigator

In our last blog, we discussed the importance of developing a strong leadership bench by shaping the right employees into future leaders with targeted training and succession planning. High-performing agencies not only have great talent but also know how their new leaders will transfer through...

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4 Ways to Develop Your Leadership Bench

4 Ways to Develop Your Leadership Bench

Sep 06, 2017 | By: Drew Lessard | Category: FedHR Navigator

What could be more important to an agency’s enduring health than the selection and cultivation of its future leaders? There is a growing need within the public sector not only to develop current leaders, but to also accelerate the readiness of future leaders. To foster the development of the...

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The Annual Performance Review vs. the Competency Assessment

The Annual Performance Review vs. the Competency Assessment

Aug 30, 2017 | By: Drew Lessard | Category: FedHR Navigator

In last week’s blog post on the challenges of annual performance appraisal data, we pointed out that annual performance appraisal does not facilitate candid discussions about improving upon skillsets. This hurts employee development and succession planning activities. This week, we recommend...

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Performance Appraisal Data is Complicated. Here’s Why.

Performance Appraisal Data is Complicated. Here’s Why.

Aug 23, 2017 | By: Drew Lessard | Category: Workforce Analytics, FedHR Navigator

In the hustle and bustle of working life, the employee performance appraisal offers a chance for managers and their employees to take time for one-on-one discussions of issues that might not otherwise be addressed. When conducted properly, they offer a valuable opportunity to discuss work...

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4 Reasons Why Giving and Receiving Performance Feedback is Important

4 Reasons Why Giving and Receiving Performance Feedback is Important

Aug 16, 2017 | By: Drew Lessard | Category: FedHR Navigator

Very often, the discussions around government performance management (PM) programs focus on the annual performance appraisal. Discussions with senior HR leaders or agency PM SOPs usually focus on how to cascade organizational goals into performance elements, how to rate elements accrurately,...

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7 Risks of Poorly Implemented Performance Management Programs

7 Risks of Poorly Implemented Performance Management Programs

Aug 09, 2017 | By: Drew Lessard | Category: FedHR Navigator

Performance management programs can provide considerable benefits to government organizations; help them align and track measurable goals, create ongoing feedback loops for coaching, and boost engagement through recognition. However, poorly implemented performance management programs can lead to...

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