OPM Director, Katherine Archuleta, has marked her one year anniversary as the Director of OPM and she wants to leave a lasting legacy for making significant changes in the way OPM operates. The Federal Government has a long history of not getting recruitment right particularly with a focus towards diversity and inclusion.
Archuleta announced at a virtual town meeting that OPM needs to go to the world of millenniums, where they live and breathe. They tweet, they meet on Facebook and LinkedIn and Director Archuleta knows that. OPM wants to find new ways of getting the next generation of workers interested in opportunities with the Federal Government.
The old ways of recruiting talent definitely needs a makeover so as not to leave the Federal workforce without the benefit of the technology generation. Children under the age of 5 know how to speak technology – Apps, tablets and they can use them better than most adults.
Looking for jobs in the newspapers and spending hours filling out lengthy applications leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of the tech generation and vacant positions that need to be filled in the wake of many Federal workers heading into retirement.
Director Archuleta’s roll out of REDI (Recruitment, Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion) is a great idea and definitely a move in the right direction. It certainly appears that Director Archuleta’s remaining two years at OPM will be filled with a very heavy “things-to-do” list.
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