How Agencies in One State Struggled With the Transition to Telework

Less than one-fifth of state employees in Louisiana had ever worked remotely before the pandemic, and with no consistent work-from-home policy or guidelines in place, agencies had a hard time helping them do it, according to an audit.

Survey: Covid Driving State, Local Workers to Consider Switching Jobs

The newly released findings also show that the proportion of state and local government employees who thought their pay wasn't on par with on-the-job risks was up as well late last year.

Paid Sick Leave and the Prolonged Pandemic

State HR officials are concerned that if they can’t find a way to extend paid sick leave benefits, employees will start showing up to work contagious.

How Emerging Tech Could Help Ease Stress on 911 Call Center Staff

COMMENTARY | Technology could play a key role in reducing stress and trauma that can be a challenge for the workers who answer emergency phone lines.

Occupational Licensing Reforms Must Maintain Standards to Protect the Public

COMMENTARY | Proposals to recognize professional licenses across state lines are getting attention in legislatures. But worker mobility should not come at the expense of public health, safety and welfare.

The Pandemic is Hurting Child Care. Parents are Paying the Price.

About 700,000 parents left their jobs to care for their kids after child care centers closed, according to a recent analysis.

Many States Resist Adapting Worker Safety Rules to Pandemic

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued no new rules during the pandemic. And states with their own workplace safety agencies lack a strong benchmark to follow.

The New Year’s Resolutions That Don’t Lead to Happiness

COMMENTARY | And better ones to consider instead.

How to Outsmart Your Covid-19 Fears and Boost Your Mood in 2021

COMMENTARY | Releasing negative emotions is the first step in preventing stress overload.

A Burnout Crisis Hits Government

COMMENTARY | A soon-to-be released survey reveals some surprising findings about local and state public sector employees’ struggles and how helping them feel connected to each other can reduce burnout.

The Year We Lost

When we look back on 2020, will we see past all the things that didn’t happen?

Local Health Departments Are Understaffed. Would Biden’s ‘Public Health Jobs Corps’ Help?

Public health leaders say the president-elect’s idea for a corps to help with contact tracing would miss the mark of current needs on the ground, saying they are looking for broader, and more long lasting, federal support.

Farmworkers, Firefighters and Flight Attendants Jockey for Vaccine Priority

Everyone — from toilet paper manufacturers to patient advocates — is lobbying state advisory boards, arguing their members are essential, vulnerable or both — and, thus, most deserving of an early vaccine

Biden Team Tries Recruiting Tech Workers Through Source Code

If you find the hidden message, you might be someone the incoming administration wants to hire.

Some States Train Jobless for Post-Pandemic Workforce

At least nine states are paying for short-term training.

In November, Men Dropped Out of the Workforce at Higher Rates than Women

November was the first time in what has been dubbed the first female recession that men suffered greater losses than women. About 347,000 left the labor force.

It’s Time to Reform the Public Sector Workforce

COMMENTARY | The public sector workforce is in the midst of a major transformation brought on by the pandemic, creating a need for public sector employers to redesign the employee experience.

Measuring Your Happiness Can Help Improve It

Are you a Mad Scientist, a Cheerleader, a Sober Judge, or a Poet?

Americans Got Tired of Looking Bad on Zoom

The pandemic’s at-home workers are discovering what internet influencers have long known: If you want to be taken seriously, get good lighting.

Why Employers Find It So Hard to Test for Covid

A board overseeing occupational safety in California approved the nation's first emergency rule to require employers to provide testing to all workers after an outbreak.

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