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…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by Tracey Batacan on August 18, 2014 at 8:20pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Stefan Czerniawski on November 18, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Ross Wilkers on November 1, 2013 at 2:12pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…
Ok, I admit it, I bought an iPad.
It's a third generation, or "new iPad", as Apple insist on referring to…Continue
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…
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…Continue
Added by Lindy Kyzer on December 14, 2011 at 10:58am — No Comments
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…Continue
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.
Added by thadncs on October 28, 2011 at 2:20pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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
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…Continue
Added by Jimmy Leach on September 8, 2011 at 9:59am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Jimmy Leach on September 6, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Jimmy Leach on May 25, 2011 at 8:53am — No Comments