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.

How Social Work is Changing in the Covid Era

COMMENTARY | The pandemic has forced the entire social work industry to rapidly evolve and adapt to a virtual environment.

One State Will Use Education College Students to Plug Ongoing Teacher Shortage

Education students in Connecticut can serve as apprentice teachers in classrooms, getting paid the same rate as substitute teachers without needing to be certified.

Disasters Are Inevitable; Government’s Inadequate Response Is Not

COMMENTARY | New research analyzing the responses of hundreds of local leaders identified common obstacles and proven ways to overcome them.

More Crucial Than Ever, EMS Agencies Are Short Staffed and Overworked

COMMENTARY | Adequately staffing emergency medical services has been a problem for some time, potentially putting lives at stake. The pandemic threatens to make shortages worse.

3 Reasons for Information Exhaustion—and What to Do About It

COMMENTARY | Uncertainty, polarization and misinformation can make you miserable if you don't find ways to cope.

The Lopsided Telework Revolution

COMMENTARY | The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated a transition to telework, protecting the jobs and the health of those whose work can be performed remotely. Creative policies in a post-pandemic world are needed to help more broadly distribute the benefits of increased remote work.

Another Region Offers Remote Workers $10,000—and a Bike!—to Move

Northwest Arkansas will provide a cash incentive and a street or mountain bike to qualified remote workers who relocate to the area.

Top Tech Companies Begin Pushing Priorities for Biden Administration

Microsoft, IBM and other companies urged the president-elect to consider policies for boosting workforce development, solving the pandemic and addressing biometrics in surveillance.

Covid-19 Will Likely Shrink Job Market For College Grads

COMMENTARY | As firms adjust to the Covid-19 economic slowdown, the job market for new college graduates is expected to decline for the first time in more than a decade.

Governments Offered Hazard Pay to Frontline Workers. Can They Keep It Up?

With the virus surging across the country, it is unclear whether governments will again offer lump sum payments or keep paying out augmented salaries.

The Big Success Story of the Election Is the One You Didn’t Hear

COMMENTARY | Government employees were the unsung heroes of the voting process.

A City’s 48-Hour Push to Maintain 311 Service With At-Home Staff

The Buffalo, New York program highlights how the coronavirus has forced many state and local governments to quickly adopt new technology. Some officials see lasting value in the changes.

The Future of Work Post-Pandemic: We’re Not Going Back

COMMENTARY | Suddenly, the conversation about telework has shifted from “do we have the right technologies in place?” to “do we have the right people policies and training in place?”

The Difference Between Feeling Safe and Being Safe

When no one agrees on reality in a pandemic, it’s hard to figure out what to fear.

State and Local Leaders Raise Concerns About Remote Work Hurting Productivity

Government finance and administrative officials responding to a recent survey also said that their departments have taken on more work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Workers Fired, Penalized for Reporting Covid Safety Violations

A few states have passed laws specifically aimed at protecting workers who face COVID-related safety risks and retaliation for speaking up about them, but advocates say stronger federal protections are needed.

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