Workforce

How to Mentor Young Workers in a Remote World

COMMENTARY | As we approach year three of the pandemic, we need to (finally) change how we train people.

Government Needs to Rehabilitate Its Image to Attract and Retain Workers

COMMENTARY | The “Great Resignation” has created a talent drain. The public sector must make its hiring process more user friendly and create a positive employee experience.

6 Public Sector Workforce Trends to Watch in 2022

Government employees are seeking nontraditional benefits and diversity, equity and inclusion, among other things, according to a new report.

How to Effectively Manage the Growing Multigenerational Workforce

Baby boomers are becoming a smaller part of government staffs. An expert provides guidance on developing and retaining Generations X, Y and Z.

How Governments Can Find ‘Hidden Workers’

Public sector agencies can do more targeted outreach and take other steps to fill their growing number of staff openings, one report says.

Cellphone Bans in the Workplace Are Legal and More Common Among Blue-collar Jobs – They Also Might Be a Safety Risk

COMMENTARY | The deaths of six Amazon employees at a factory hit by a tornado raises concerns over prohibitions on cellphones for workers.

Rethinking Public Sector Job Descriptions

COMMENTARY | Writing job descriptions so that they're clear, concise and honest can help attract talent to local governments.

Detroit to Use Up to $75M in Federal Aid on Workforce Program

The city will direct American Rescue Plan Act dollars to an initiative that will involve residents doing neighborhood projects, while also completing job training or earning high school degrees.

A GOP Governor Backs a $15 Wage Minimum for State Workers

The proposal from Missouri Gov. Mike Parson comes as state agencies struggle to find and keep employees.

‘Supportive Voices’ Get Picked for Teams at Work

Communicating in “supportive voice” at work may make your colleagues want you on their team, research finds.

How to Care Less About Work

COMMENTARY | As we peer around the corner of the pandemic, let’s talk about what we want to do—and not do—with the rest of our lives.

Extra, Extra! State Lawmakers Propose Tax Credit to Help Save Local Journalism

A New York bill would offer tax credits to offset the cost of salaries for journalists at local outlets, as well as a subsidy for their subscribers.

Grappling With the Public Sector Workforce Shortage Crush

When positions aren’t appealing to applicants, sometimes the jobs need to be changed, government hiring officials say.

Living When Things Suck in Government

COMMENTARY | Things are not good right now and it's time to acknowledge it.

Snowy Roads Will Be Cleared, But It Will ‘Take Extra Time’

The ongoing labor shortage has exacerbated existing plow driver hiring problems, transportation officials said.

States Should Permanently Lift Practice Barriers for Nurses

COMMENTARY | Nurses can be a key force in helping to bridge gaps in health care access. But many states deny them the ability to practice to their full capabilities.

The ‘Great Resignation’ Is a Trend That Began Before the Pandemic–And Bosses Need To Get Used to It

A record share of workers quit their jobs in September. A human resources scholar explains how this is a trend that predates the pandemic.

One County Will Give $76 Million in ‘Hero Pay’ to Public Employees for Covid Response

Most full-time workers in California’s Santa Clara County will receive $2,500 bonuses, all paid for with the county's federal Covid-19 relief allotment.

The Government Job Application Drop-off is 'Snowballing'

The data is alarming: Between fiscal 2019 and 2021, applications per job dropped 32% in states and localities, data shows. But there are strategies to counteract the trend.

The (Long) Waiting Game to Get My Student Loans Forgiven

COMMENTARY | The student loan forgiveness process for public servants is a disaster. After almost five years, I’m still waiting to have all my loans forgiven.