This week’s question is how federal managers can best communicate promotions on their team. Please continue to share your ideas and suggestions for the column by commenting below and by sending in your questions to the [email protected].
How do you handle promoting someone who’s best for a position based on abilities and education over someone with more experience? – Federal manager (GS-15) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Just do it! I realize that making difficult decisions is never easy, particularly when you may disappoint an employee. But, remember that in a merit-based employment system like the federal government, promotions should always be based on merit not tenure. Just be sure that your promotion decisions are not a surprise to your team.
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