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New OPM guidance aims to help senior executives "hit the ground running"

October 18, 2011 13:30 by Ann Pace

(From FederalNewsRadio.com) -- Making sure new employees are fully integrated into an agency is important — especially when that new employee is the boss or a high-powered senior executive.

The Office of Personnel Management is rolling out a new one-year transition framework to help new executives transition better and faster through an "onboarding" process.

OPM's plan, called "Hit the Ground Running," includes checklists and goals for new high-level hires.

John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris the onboarding model has been gaining traction across the government and for a variety of positions.

"Everybody can think back to a time when they started a new job and had a bad onboarding experience," Palguta said. "They showed up on the first day, the organization wasn't ready for them, they had a desk but nothing on it, IT had not gotten them a password and it was just a terrible experience."

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Federal Government Performance Management Reforms

July 21, 2011 13:00 by Ann Pace

(From Federal Times) -- A federal task force in September plans to unveil its suggestions on how to better hold poor performers accountable and reward hard workers.

The Employee Performance Management Work Group, made up of top personnel officials, labor leaders and other employee representatives, is holding weekly meetings to discuss ways to improve performance management. Its three subgroups are focusing on:

• Overcoming challenges hindering performance accountability.

• Giving employees clear expectations and constant feedback on performance.

• Improving performance management training.

The subgroups will meet weekly, and the full group will meet every other week, until Sept. 2, when the full group starts preparing its final proposals. The recommendations will be unveiled at the next National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations meeting Sept. 21.

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OPM chief says employees need more frequent feedback

July 12, 2011 12:00 by Ann Pace

(From Government Executive.com) -- Federal managers should provide positive feedback to employees at least once a week, the government's human resources chief said on Monday.

Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry said employees should receive frequent recognition and praise for good work from their bosses to keep them motivated and to ensure lines of communication remain open.

"This doesn't mean managers should give praise to people just for showing up on time, but it does mean that written evaluations once or twice a year aren't enough," Berry said in prepared remarks for the Excellence In Government conference sponsored by Government Executive in Washington.

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