Public Personnel Management

A quarterly journal focused on human resource work in the public sector. Contains articles on trends, case studies, comparative information, and recent research. Topics include labor relations, assessment, personnel policies, government reform and other a

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 2, Summer

Affirmative Action Plans in the 1990s: A Double-Edged Sword?
Since the mid-1980s, affirmative action plans (AAPs) have come under ever increasing criticism. Many detractors argue that AAPs serve no purpose other than to veil thinly reverse discrimination against whites. In the twenty-five years since the passage...
A Meta-Analytic Investigation of the Effect of Various Test Item Characteristics on Test Scores and Test Completion Times
The current study reported the results of a meta-analytic investigation of the effects on test scores and test completion times of three aspects of writing test items: The number of answers in multiple-choice exams, the order of item difficulty, and...
Applicant Drug Testing: An Intriguing Odyssey
Applicant drug testing is one of the most complex and controversial issues confronting public employers today. Initiating applicant drug testing will result in an intriguing odyssey with many political, legal and personnel policy challenges. The State...
Does Research in Performance Appraisal Influence the Practice of Performance Appraisal: Regretfully Not!
Thousands of studies of performance appraisal (PA) exist in both the academic and practitioner literatures. The intended purpose of many of these works is to somehow rink PA to performance; i.e., to utilize the process as a performance-enhancing instrument....
Establishing Wage Rates for Local Elected Officials: The Development of a Methodology
Problems associated with determining an appropriate salary level for local elected officials are discussed. A decision process utilizing prevailing wage rates is presented as a means to assist decision makers responsible for setting salaries for elected...
Perceived Importance and Usage of Dress Codes among Organizations That Market Professional Services
A survey was conducted to investigate the nature and use of employee dress codes of organizations that market professional services. The study sample consisted of personnel administrators employed in selected service organizations that are members...
Personal Trends as Seen through an Analysis of the 1992 Public Personnel Inventory
The Public Personnel Inventory (PPI) is a survey developed by IPMA to determine personnel trends among IPMA Agency members. The survey, updated and conducted every two years, contains over 300 questions regarding personnel functions, policies and...
Pre-Employment Testing and Employee Productivity
Under the right conditions, pre-employment tests can vastly improve corporate productivity. This paper discusses the conditions, expected productivity gains, and issues associated with pre-employment testing. Special attention is paid to issues of...
The Assessment Center: Effects of Varying Consensus Procedures
The impact of using two different consensus procedures in an assessment center was investigated using a field experiment. Two groups of assessors observed participants in the same exercises. The experimental group used a consensus procedure that did...
Workforce Literacy in the Local Public Sector
The problems of workforce literacy (Workforce 2000) have become a significant issue of national concern, costing the nation an estimated $225 billion in lost productivity. No segment of the economy is exempt from dramatic changes in the present and...