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New MSPB report on Veterans' Preference

"This report describes the laws and regulations for hiring veterans into the civil service.  It explains that the laws and regulations regarding the preferences in hiring that can or must be given to veterans and certain family members are extremely complicated.  It includes survey data of perceptions by employees regarding both violations of veterans' preference rights and inappropriate favoritism of veterans.  Furthermore, it explains the history behind—and implementation of—a law that was…See More
Wednesday
Mark Hammer commented on lily whiteman's blog post 'How to Answer that Odious Interview Question: "What Are Your Weaknesses?"'
"Peter and I are not quite as far apart on this as might appear. 1) Many assessment professionals would likely concur that a structured interview may not put one further ahead than simply administering a cognitive ability test.  The thing is…"
Tuesday
Mark Hammer commented on lily whiteman's blog post 'How to Answer that Odious Interview Question: "What Are Your Weaknesses?"'
"While sufficient research supports the notion of structured interviews, consistently administered, being better (i.e., more predictive of subsequent performance; not to mention less subject to litigation and grievances) than unstructured interviews,…"
Monday
Mark Hammer commented on lily whiteman's blog post 'How to Answer that Odious Interview Question: "What Are Your Weaknesses?"'
"Personally, I think the "correct" response to the question is "I always end up saying the wrong thing in response to this question", though "I always forget to clean up my fingerprints at the scene" runs a pretty close…"
Monday
Mark Hammer commented on Mary Yang's blog post 'Top 6 Survey Best Practices'
"1) Too many surveys end up being a shopping list of everybody's pet ideas, and the folks tasked with instrument development typically cannot say "No" to suggestions from above.  The result is a disconnected uncoordinated…"
Aug 12
Mark Hammer commented on Sandy Heierbacher's blog post 'New Study Finds Surprising Lack of Red-Blue Divide'
"We tend to label states as "red" or "blue" by virtue of the electoral college votes.  And in many instances, those college votes may become committed in monolithic fashion on the basis of very small margins. …"
Aug 6
Mark Hammer commented on Dannielle Blumenthal's blog post '5 Digital Engagement Lessons From My Personal Life'
"I will admit that I have a grudge against Twitter and texting.  And heck, maybe even against Powerpoint.  The incessant urge towards poignant brevity, encouraged by these various technologies, has tended to replace discourse with…"
Aug 5
Mark Hammer commented on Dannielle Blumenthal's blog post '5 Digital Engagement Lessons From My Personal Life'
"Some 55 years ago, social psychologist Stanley Milgram observed that people could do some pretty mean things to each other when the physical and psychological distance between actor and victim was increased; all the while presuming that they were…"
Aug 4

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Analyst
Pubic Service Commission of Canada
Educational Background (Degree, School):
Ph.D. Psychology

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"Selling" public service to Millenial consumers: Are we in a new sort of competition with the private sector?

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 12:10pm 0 Comments

A fascinating paper by Winograd and Hais, and published by the Brookings Institution this morning, discusses some striking differences in what appeals to Millenials, compared to earlier birth cohorts, and it got me thinking. http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2014/05/millenials-upend-wall-street-corporate-america-winograd-hais

The authors' focus is…

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How do you know?

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 4:41pm 0 Comments

I was reminded the other day, at a symposium our agency put on for HR staff across government, how important what I like to call “the epistemological challenge” can be.  What do I mean by “the epistemological challenge”?  Essentially, all the obstacles that exist to knowing, in a deep sense, what one wishes to know.  Those obstacles could be with respect to the recency of some type of information, the comprehensiveness, integratedness, or scope of that information, the validity or…

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Hats (and helmets) off to Gary Trudeau

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 10:46am 0 Comments

A recent spate of suicides in Canadian vets from the Afghanistan campaign has drawn attention to the role and challenge of PTSD in vets.  Canadian Senator Romeo Dallaire, former head of UN troops during the Rwandan genocide, and the subject of the film/book "Shake Hands With the Devil", crashed his car the other day, after having his own PTSD aggravated by news of these suicides, and spending several days without sleep as a result.

It is within this context that I have to doff my cap…

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At 10:35am on July 19, 2013, Priscilla Anderson said…

Thanks for your additional comments Mark, very helpful!

At 11:32am on June 10, 2011, Jeff Ribeira said…
At 6:01pm on January 23, 2009, Mark Danielson said…
Hi Mark,

Thanks again for your insight. I always look for your comments. May you have a weekend to remember! -MD
At 3:26pm on January 11, 2009, Mark Danielson said…
Mark,

I just read your Dec. 22nd engagement analysis again. That's a nice piece of work. I believe also that it starts at the beginning, with the person hired.

I like the X-box idea and the four times as much as they are worth. Value. Return. What is responsibility. But here then value, return?

Like a Jeopardy answer: You need to respond with a question - Who is, where is, when is, what is... responsibility. Great stuff Mark. Thank you.
At 12:35pm on December 3, 2008, Michael Audelo said…
No worries Mark. There is private sector and there are those of that came out of public sector selection to work for companies that work only with the public sector.

I have had that privledge in that I came out law enforcement to HR selection then to Applicant Tracking and Testing software for the Public Sector.

PeopleAdmin works with only higher education, non-profit organizations and governemnt so my addition to the team was a good fit.

If we should ever get to work together or you have contacts at one of our Canadian customers you may want to look into attending our annual user conference in Austin. This is usually held for 3 days in March and is attended by over 70% of our customer base. I am sure your friend would love to see you.
At 12:13pm on December 3, 2008, Michael Audelo said…
Hi Mark:

While PeopleAdmin is based in Austin (a great City), there are several of us that have the priviledge of working remotely. I am fortunate to consult for the Government Solutions Section from my home office in Tucson, AZ. In addition to being great place to live for 18 years, Tucson is conveniently located to access government colleagues throughout the U.S. and Canada.

We are also fortunate to have clients and an additional datacenter in Canada.
At 5:16pm on December 2, 2008, Michael Audelo said…
Yes, IPMAAC and IPMA are having a joined conference in Nashville. This should prove interesting as IPMAAC reorganizes.

Nashville is a great city and should be lots of fun.
At 4:40pm on December 2, 2008, Michael Audelo said…
Hi Mark:

It was great meeting you at IPMAAC in Oakland, CA this past year. This group is in for real treat as Mark provides insightful comments on a variety of HR topics.
At 9:05pm on November 27, 2008, Mark Danielson said…
What a terrific response to Celia's question Mark. Thank you for your insight and tools. Happy Thanksgiving again. MD
At 2:42pm on November 27, 2008, Mark Danielson said…
Welcome to the HR Group Mark. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

MD
 
 
 

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