The top stories HR pros need to know this week.
The University of Chicago launched the country's first master’s program that combines public policy education and IT skill development. The program’s founder says there’s a need to build a pipeline of public employees who understand information technology. While students won't build Web applications, they'll understand enough about coding to manage IT projects.
Read more at Governing.com
Don’t Ignore the Future of Work
Humans are wired to remember the past and respond to the present, but they’re not always sharp when it comes to thinking into the future. A veteran of human behavioral assessment pinpoints three trends impacting the future of work that we're not prepared for, including skyrocketing levels of stress.
Read more at Fast Company
Why HR Must Get It's Act Together
HR garners criticism for two reasons, Carol Anderson says. First, because executives don’t demand that HR leaders actually add value. Second, because HR doesn’t ask good business questions. To justify a seat at the decision-making table, she argues, HR must offer effective, strategic leadership.
Read more at HBR
State Hiring Gets a Jolt
Richard Gillihan, California’s director of human resources, says he wants to fix the state’s byzantine hiring practices and make the government an employer that can compete with tech companies for the brightest minds. While previous directors focused on union relations, Gillihan says he’ll focus on eliminating unnecessary bureaucracy and properly apply technology to the workplace.
Read more at the Sacramento Bee
A Love-Hate Relationship with Glassdoor
Employers have a complicated relationship with Glassdoor. While it can be an effective recruiting tool, the job-review website often contains imperfect and biased information. Companies that pay for enhanced profiles can polish their listings — a fact that doesn’t sit well with many employers.
Read more at Inc.
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How to Make Your Government Organization a Better Place to Work
There are numerous reasons to work for the federal government. A career in the public sector offers employees an opportunity to make a difference while providing competitive benefits like vacation time, retirement and pension plans.
Streamlining the Federal Hiring Process
The government is looking to hire new talent, both to replace departing retirees as well as to fill newly created roles focused on emerging mission requirements. It’s an exciting time for the federal government: the Wall Street Journal recently reported on Labor Department statistics that show government hiring is outpacing the manufacturing and construction sectors – combined. This growth follows five straight years of shrinking in the government workforce.
Measuring Federal Employee Performance
Working for the federal government comes with many challenges, from the evolving roles and responsibilities each worker takes on, to the heated political environment that’s always on the attack. In spite of this, agency workforces are a resilient bunch – as the 2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey revealed, more than 90 percent of agency employees continue to be willing to put in extra effort, are constantly looking for ways to do their job better, and feel their work is important.