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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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Implementing a Turnkey Solution for Federal HR Staffing

By Drew Lessard on Dec 4, 2018 6:49:55 AM

Federal HR staffing can be challenging, particularly for small and medium-sized agencies with limited resources. Whether it is a lack of resources to hire new full-time staff for HR administration, a limited hiring pool in your geographic area, or the long time-to-hire in federal agencies, there are often significant challenges when identifying and filling gaps in these roles.

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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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