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The Advantages of a Flexible Employee and Labor Relations System

By Drew Lessard on Apr 16, 2019 7:39:20 AM

Employee and labor relations processes can be drastically different from one agency to the next. The workflows used and the reporting required will be different depending on the makeup of the HR department, the headcount of the agency, and the collective bargaining agreement with the employees.

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The Unique Challenges of Federal HR

By Drew Lessard on Mar 19, 2019 8:31:04 AM

Federal HR processes are unique in many ways from the private sector. Not only due to the sheer size of some agencies and the diversity of the different types and structures of organizations in government, but specific requirements that apply to employees and the hiring and management of those employees in the Federal Government.

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4 Features of an Efficient Federal Retirement Benefits Package

By Drew Lessard on Mar 5, 2019 8:44:25 AM

Preparing a retirement calculation and application can be a time-consuming process involving several manual steps that can be inefficient for federal HR specialists. Technology can significantly improve on this, reducing the time it takes to complete an application, eliminating several sources of common errors, and improving communications between HR and employees.

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The Challenges Faced by Federal HR Retirement Specialists

By Drew Lessard on Feb 19, 2019 6:56:29 AM

There are more people eligible and preparing for retirement in the Federal Government than at any time in history. While the recent retirement numbers have remained relatively stable year over year, more than a whopping 30% of federal employees are currently eligible for retirement.

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Five Factors in Choosing Performance Management Software

By Drew Lessard on Feb 5, 2019 6:15:00 AM

Performance management has become a topic of much conversation in the Federal Government under the current administration. In the early months of the Trump administration, OMB-17-22 provided new guidelines designed to streamline these operations and improve overall efficiency in agencies.

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How Performance Management Helps Address Challenges in Federal Agencies

By Drew Lessard on Jan 22, 2019 5:43:54 AM

With more than two million full-time employees, the Federal Government is the nation’s largest employer, and even divided into dozens of agencies and organizations, there are substantial, and often unique needs in managing such a large and diverse workforce.

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Meeting Agency Specific Requirements for Performance Management Software

By Drew Lessard on Jan 15, 2019 6:27:33 AM

There are established minimum guidelines for federal agencies selecting new performance management software. Laid out by the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) HR Line of Business (HR-LOB), these requirements carefully define the baseline of what agencies will need in 72 requirements.

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Performance Management as a Core Competency of Federal Leadership

By Drew Lessard on Jan 8, 2019 6:43:36 AM

One of the primary roles of managers in federal agencies is to provide feedback and remediation for their direct reports as part of the performance management cycle.

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The Benefits of Integrated Software and Managed Services in Federal HR

By Drew Lessard on Dec 18, 2018 7:04:17 AM

There are several challenges when outsourcing administrative tasks in a small agency that has legacy solutions in place and lacks the resources needed to hire new staff or train managed service providers. Integrated software and managed services in federal HR offer a substantial new opportunity. Here are some of the key benefits of such an approach.

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3 Common Issues with Managed Services for Federal HR

By Drew Lessard on Dec 11, 2018 6:41:31 AM

Small- and medium-sized agencies frequently lack the budget to hire additional full-time staff but have the same workload as much larger agencies with larger staff to handle them. 

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