Unlocking the Talent in Government's Workforce

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“Unlocking the Talent in Government’s Workforce,” a new e-book exclusively available from IPMA-HR, attempts to address the complex problem of workforce management in government.

The need to adopt more effective talent management practices has never been more critical than it is today. Unfortunately, the latest thinking from the private sector and findings from studies of high-performance organizations are at odds with the way public employers have managed their employees. With this e-book, we highlight and address the changes necessary to achieving the goal of more effective talent management in the public sector.

Chapter 1: The Problem and the Potential

Chapter 2: What Poor Workforce Strategies Are Costing Government

Chapter 3: Meeting the Staffing Challenge

Chapter 4: A New Goal: Retaining Older, Valuable Workers

Chapter 5: Shared Governance: Moving from ‘Us vs Them’ to ‘We’

Chapter 6: Getting Serious About Employee Performance

Chapter 7: Rethinking Government Salary Programs

Chapter 8: Pay for Performance Is Here to Stay 

Chapter 9: Redefining the Role of HR in Government

Chapter 10: Doing Nothing is Not an Option

About the author: Howard Risher has over 40 years of experience as a workforce management consultant and HR manager, working with a variety of federal and state agencies, the United Nations and OECD. He now leads his own consulting firm, HRSolutions. Risher is also the co-author of the book, “It's Time for High-Performance Government: Winning Strategies to Engage and Energize the Public Sector Workforce.”

Chapters 2-9 of the book are a compilation of articles previously posted by Risher on GovExec.com, Governing.com, and PA TIMES Online. Content also includes material from Risher’s columns published in IPMA-HR’s monthly magazine, HR News.

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