When I tell people I work for Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), I get one of two reactions: confusion (as in “what is that?”), or a combination of discomfort and empathy.
Posts By Kim Martin-Haynes
Resiliency: it’s a broad, fancy word which simply means your ability to bounce back after difficulties, disappointments, or tragedies. It’s a fundamental skill, yet it’s not something any of us are taught. We sometimes learn by example, seeing how our parents or other family members react to situations, but most of us learn to navigate… Read more »
The first thing I learned about performance management when I entered federal service was quite clear: it’s a huge stressor for everyone. There are few topics quicker to engender eye rolls, sighs, or head shaking. No one likes talking about it, and dealing with it is downright painful. So why is this? There are many… Read more »
One of the biggest divides I have noticed since I entered government service eight years ago is the one between people who have kids and people who don’t.
Lifers, people who have spent more than 20 years in federal service, are a knowledgeable, diverse, and dedicated group employees. And now, as the long-predicted brain drain (40% of federal employees are eligible for retirement this year) begins to take its toll on our federal agencies, now is a good time to share the stories… Read more »
Today, we have a much better understanding of the difference between shyness and introversion and know that they are not interchangeable
Are you a thinker or a feeler? Knowing which one you are can help you be a better coworker.
Today, as the nearly 90 million of our generation (in the United States) prepare to navigate middle age and beyond, we continue to face the challenge of how we are viewed and how we view ourselves. This fact is as evident in federal service as it is in the world at large.
Saboteurs: how do you identify yours and banish them from your work life?
How do you prepare for the possibility of loosing your job?