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Want to Telecommute? What You Need to Know About Flexible Work Arrangements

Back in June, the president issued a directive to all executive level departments, calling on them to expand the use and availability of flexible work arrangements that make it easier for employees to enjoy greater work/life balance. “In doing so, we can help ensure that the Federal workforce is engaged and empowered to deliver exceptional and efficient service to the American public while meeting family and other needs at home,” the president said. The agencies were asked to review their…


Added by Heather Kerrigan on August 26, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

3 Common Office Space Dilemmas

3 Common Office Dilemmas

By Tracey Batacan



I remember walking into my Mom’s office when I was younger and noticing how much space and serenity she had at work. She could focus on multiple projects without disruption as well as close the door her office to keep noise levels at a minimum.

Fast forward to my generation and the days…


Added by Tracey Batacan on August 18, 2014 at 8:20pm — No Comments

5 Tips for Managing a Multigenerational Workplace

Do you manage a multigenerational workplace? These five tips can help you out.

If you’ve got a wide age range of employees in your office, you’ve probably noticed they have different work styles. In addition to handling projects differently,…


Added by Sam Ashe-Edmunds on April 15, 2014 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Peak office

Culture eats technology for breakfast (to adapt the more common version, that culture eats strategy for breakfast – but culture is omnivorous, so no problem there). The critical question which follows from that statement gets much less attention: where are we going to have breakfast. That question is the focus of this post.

Not long ago, culture could only eat technology in the workplace, because that’s the only place where there was enough technology to form a nutritious (but not…


Added by Stefan Czerniawski on November 18, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Nearly $500M Up For Grabs Under Army Printer Contract

The U.S. Army has awarded positions on a potential $498 million contract to seven companies for commercial-off-the-shelf, multi-functional devices.

Contractors will compete for task orders to supply the equipment and provide repair and maintenance services to the Army under firm-fixed-price, multiple-award contract,…


Added by Ross Wilkers on November 1, 2013 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Gov & Love: 3 Valentine’s Day Tips at Work

Have you ever been struck by Cupid's arrow at work?

If so, a bit of common sense, good manners and politeness will go a long way towards keeping you out of big…


Added by David B. Grinberg on February 13, 2013 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Is Your Office Being Sabotaged?

Do you ever feel like your workplace is being sabotaged? Well, it just might if any of your colleagues are adhering to a formerly classified Office of Strategic Services document, the “Simple Sabotage Field Manual.” 

America’s enemies will always innovate and the intelligence apparatus has always sought…


Added by Lindy Kyzer on August 15, 2012 at 3:50pm — 4 Comments

Keep taking the tablets

Ok, I admit it, I bought an iPad.

iPad Screenshot
iPad - also an excuse to show a photo of my dog, Wyn

It's a third generation, or "new iPad", as Apple insist on referring to…


Added by Mark Braggins on May 10, 2012 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

How to Grow Mushrooms in the Office

Before you think this article is one you perhaps shouldn’t be reading as a government professional, let me define office mushrooms for you. I’m not talking about the fungus, but rather the saying about how some companies treat their employees – keeping them in the dark and feeding them garbage.

It’s a good way to grow mushrooms both in and out of the office and it…


Added by Lindy Kyzer on April 12, 2012 at 1:59pm — 2 Comments

Things Not to Do at Your Government Office Holiday Party

It’s that magical time of year, when lights are strewn, carols sang and way too many sugary treats are eaten. For most offices, it also means that some kind holiday party will be held. With cash short on hand in most government offices today, that means even more parties will be taking place right there in the office – many of them during the normal work day. And while skipping out on doing work for a few hours might seem like fun and games, mixing fun with the office setting can present its…


Added by Lindy Kyzer on December 14, 2011 at 10:58am — No Comments

Going Postal - The Economic Impact of Resisting Change

Even when the inevitable stares us in the face, our natural inclination is to want things to stay the same. It is safe. We understand the rules and in the routine we find security. Nothing conjures up a sense of stability, reliability, and community more than the US Postal Service.

And nothing is more in need of change than our mail delivery system.

For generations, we have forged part of our national identity around the idea that our country built and…


Added by Kathleen Schafer on December 6, 2011 at 6:51pm — 1 Comment

Initial Enthusiasm and Job Satisfaction


Abstract:The inverse relationship between time on the job and level of satisfaction is driven by the context of organizational decision making.  Although Happiness is an inside job to be sure, there are things that can be done to improve organizational bonding and effectiveness.



The importance and methods are…

Added by thadncs on October 28, 2011 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Like Steve Jobs, Government can "Think Different"

The following is the original version of a shorter post originally published on GPO's Government BookTalk blog on October 11, 2011.


On October 5, 2011, we lost one of America’s great geniuses of innovation, Apple’s founder and CEO, Steve Jobs.


From the beginning, Steve Jobs seemed to “Think Different” than everyone…


Added by Michele Bartram on October 24, 2011 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Is Your Office Getting a Bit...Cozier?

Office space isn't what it used to be - many offices and most government agencies are tearing down the walls - literally - and placing workers in increasingly small, and less private, cube space. Is this the trend in your office? Do smaller offices make it easier to collaborate, or just make you more annoyed with your coworkers?

"According to the Federal Times, new leases for the… Continue

Added by Lindy Kyzer on October 12, 2011 at 10:19am — 1 Comment

International and hyperlocal - taking the message to market

Occasionally, I’m asked to do presentations and discuss what the Foreign Office does, digitally speaking. The fact I never get asked twice by the same people is something I prefer to gloss over. 


What I try and get across in these explanations of strategy is that if we’re trying to communicate, we have to take the message to market, not…


Added by Jimmy Leach on September 8, 2011 at 9:59am — No Comments

Searching for the best way to spell Qadhafi

The Foreign Officehas been around for a long time, as I’m sure you’ve noticed. Organisations that have survived for over 200 years (and there aren’t many of them) tend to create their own culture and language. In our case, those linguistic habits seem, to me at any rate, to be mostly initials and acronyms. I’ve had to stop conversations and refer back to a colleague’s statement seemingly made wholly out of letters, not…


Added by Jimmy Leach on September 6, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

What a football club can teach the Foreign Office about social media

It’s not often that Joey Barton crops up in international diplomacy. For those who don’t know him, he’s a premiership footballer, currently with Newcastle United (though not for much longer). Talented, but bogged down with ‘anger management issues’, he’s in dispute with his employers for tweeting about internal issues. Transfer-listed and made to train on his own, he’s becoming an…

Added by Jimmy Leach on August 9, 2011 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

What's the Deal with 'Tightsizing'?

The Federal Times posted an article online yesterday about the emerging trend of 'tightsizing' in the federal government.  Agencies are looking to reduce the office space of employees to accommodate more feds. The idea is that by fitting more workers into an already existing work space it prevents an agency form leasing additional real estate to accommodate it's growing staff.  The article also mentions other ideas in optimizing office space while staying on budget.  Read over the article…


Added by AFGE National on June 29, 2011 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office a brand?

Talk of government departments as ‘brands’ makes many civil servants uneasy. If they wanted that sort of talk, they’d go to Hoxton, not Whitehall. Yet when the concept of, for example, the FCO as a brand comes under some threat, then there’s a different kind of uneasiness.


That uneasiness includes me – earlier this week, I was in an email discussion with some people in touch about using our travel advice in a…


Added by Jimmy Leach on May 25, 2011 at 8:53am — No Comments

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