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Federal HR Challenges Faced by Small Agencies

By Drew Lessard on Nov 27, 2018 6:09:17 AM

Small federal agencies with as few as 100 employees face unique challenges that other, much larger agencies do not. Because of their size, they often have only one or two HR specialists whose role it is to manage the entirety of the agency’s HR needs.

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The Causes of Low Employee Engagement in Government

By Drew Lessard on Nov 21, 2018 1:36:13 PM

Employee engagement is one of the primary metrics for federal HR programs – especially as recent research has shown just how much of an impact it can have on productivity and performance levels. But what does engagement entail and why it is consistently so low, especially for government employees?

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Tips for More Effectively Completing Diversity Analysis

By Drew Lessard on Nov 13, 2018 6:27:30 AM

Every Federal Government agency and organization conducts annual diversity analysis to meet MD-715 requirements.

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Drawbacks of Maintaining Datacenters for Federal Agencies

By Drew Lessard on Nov 6, 2018 7:04:48 AM

In 2017, the Federal Government operated more than 12,000 datacenters with more than 150,000 servers around the United States, costing billions of dollars each year.

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How to Conduct Workplace Diversity Analysis at Federal Agencies

By Drew Lessard on Oct 30, 2018 6:56:48 AM

While every organization in Federal Government performs some level of diversity analysis each year in compliance with MD-715 requirements, the required barrier analysis leaves room for a lot of interpretation by the agency’s EEO staff.

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New and Evolving Cybersecurity Threats in Government

By Drew Lessard on Oct 23, 2018 6:24:34 AM

Cybersecurity is one of the most pressing issues facing information security professionals and executive decision makers.

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What is Talent Management?

By Drew Lessard on Oct 9, 2018 6:51:03 AM

Frequently used interchangeably to describe important human resources (HR) functions in the Federal Government, talent management encompasses the unique steps taken by an organization to anticipate human capital needs and plans to meet those needs. 

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How to Build and Select the Right Workforce Planning Demand Scenario

By Drew Lessard on Oct 2, 2018 7:12:34 AM

Federal agencies rely on long term projections and workforce planning exercises to determine how best to adjust for both current and future needs.

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What Are the Steps in Workforce Planning for Federal Agencies

By Drew Lessard on Sep 26, 2018 7:09:15 AM

Effective workforce planning is an important component of federal HR – allowing specialists to better understand their hiring needs both now and up to five years into the future.

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The Goals of Diversity & Inclusion in Federal Agencies

By Drew Lessard on Sep 18, 2018 6:54:10 AM

Most workplaces strive for better diversity, establishing initiatives to create a more representative workforce and address potential barriers to inclusion. Nowhere is this truer than in federal agencies, which are guided by policy directives on the matter.

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