National Disability Employment Awareness Month

By Matt Neuman on October 16, 2019

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a designation that Congress first declared in 1988 to raise awareness for the employment needs and contributions of individuals with disabilities. Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, spoke at the 39th Annual Secretary of Defense Disability Awards earlier this month, and noted that the Pentagon must do its part to harness the talents of those with disabilities to bridge the employment game. "That means eliminating barriers to recruitment across the force,” Esper said. “We must give everyone the opportunity to succeed and support them as they advance their careers.”

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Accommodating the Needs of Working Mothers

By Luis Vazquez on October 8, 2019

Working mothers have become the norm in today’s labor force. According to the Department of Labor, 70 percent of mothers with children under 18 currently work outside the home, with more than 75 percent employed full time. All employers, including federal agencies, need to be sensitive to the needs of both current and expecting mothers. That includes both employees already employed, and perspective employees looking for jobs.

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Keeping Government Employees Engaged

By David Stegon on October 2, 2019

Employee satisfaction fell nearly 60 percent within federal agencies last year, according to the “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” rankings.

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Encouraging Accommodation Communication in the Workplace

By Luis Vazquez on September 25, 2019

When an employee is granted a reasonable accommodation request, it should not be seen as an additional perk given to a lone employee, but a valued worker receiving a tool they need to do their job to the standards expected because of a medical limitation.

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The #MeToo Movement's Impact on the Workplace

By Matt Neuman on August 13, 2019

The #MeToo movement went viral on social media in October of 2017 as victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault shared their stories of abuse.

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Reducing The High Cost of EEOC Complaints

By Matt Neuman on July 25, 2019

The WorkPro 12000 Mesh Multifunction Ergonomic High-Back Chair is one of the most expensive office chairs available on Office Depot’s website at $329.99, but it looks like a bargain compared to the price Hyatt hotels just paid.

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Retaliation in the Workplace: How Agencies Can Efficiently Manage Employee Complaints

By Luis Vazquez on July 24, 2019

During the weekly staff meeting Bob has a habit of making inappropriate jokes. He sees them as harmless fun, but Sarah not only finds them annoying, but some of them are borderline sexist. Sarah filed a complaint with her agency’s human resources department last month, and also sent an email to her supervisor saying the jokes made her uncomfortable and wanted them to stop.

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The Need for Grievance Management Systems in State and Local Government

By David Stegon on July 9, 2019

It seems like there is no way this number can be real, but the Census Bureau has counted more than 89,000 different local governments across the United States. These governments range greatly in size from New York City, which employs more than 300,000 workers, to Midwestern cities and towns with just a handful of workers.

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Agencies Must Improve Recruiting Practices

By Matt Neuman on June 25, 2019

The federal government continues to be an amazing place to work, offering employees seemingly endless opportunities, top quality benefits, and, in many cases, a sense of pride in the mission of the agency.

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How Improving Efficiency Improves Employee Retention

By David Stegon on June 5, 2019

In early May, the Labor Department announced that the national unemployment rate dropped to 3.6 percent – the lowest it has been since December of 1969. That number coincides with a 4.8 percent increase in the number of job advertisements, as employers look to fill more than 7 million open positions.

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