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. 22, No. 4, Winter

Assessing Employees' Emerging Elder Care Needs and Reactions to Dependent Care Benefits
Background on the Need for Elder Care Assistance Elder care, which is employer assistance with managing care for elderly dependents, is predicted to be the pioneering benefit of the 1990's.(1) The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging predicts that...
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Civil Service 2000 Revisited: Old Assumptions - New Facts and Forecasts
OPM's newly released report, "Revisiting Civil Service 2000: New Policy Direction Needed", updates the assumptions and forecasts made in Civil Service 2000 (Hudson, 1988). Civil Service 2000 forecast the future employment needs of the federal workforce...
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Differences between Active and Inactive Quality Circles in Attendance and Performance
For the past two decades, Japanese management practices have attracted a lot of attention in the United States (e.g., Hodgetts & Luthans, 1989; Ouchi, 1981). Quality circles, in particular, have been considered as one of the most promising approaches...
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Effects of Time of Day on Interview Performance
As an integral component of the selection process, the employment interview is the most popular of the available selection procedures (Guion, 1976; Schneider & Schmitt, 1986). It is utilized by virtually every organization, both public and private,...
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Ethics - How Important Is It in Today's Office?
Ethics--what is it? Ethics is defined by the dictionary as a branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct with respect to the rightness or wrongness of certain actions. There is a great deal of complexity to the problem of ethics....
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Ethics Induced Stress in the Local Government Workplace
Progress has been made in developing the field of government ethics as a philosophically structured and normatively guided enterprise. There is a rich and growing body of knowledge that attests to this progress (see Bowman 1991; Bowman and Elliston 1988;...
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Evaluating Public Sector Training Programs
The concept of training evaluation has received widespread recognition as beneficial, but the practice of evaluation has lagged behind (Bell and Kerr, 1987). Few reports of actual program evaluation have been published; compared to the number of training...
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Federal Personnel Offices: Time for Change?
The personnel office, in the federal government as elsewhere, is frequently the butt of office jokes and horror stories. The personnel office is an important player in governmental operations and needs to be working well in order to contribute to an...
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In Search of the Holy Grail: Lessons in Performance Management
Since 1980, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has conducted a number of demonstration projects experimenting with alternative human resource management systems. This article reviews the results that have been achieved to date under three...
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Laboratories for Change: Lessons from 15 Years of Demonstration Projects
The public personnel community is facing one of its greatest challenges as we move into the mid-1990s. Perhaps it is too dramatic to say that we are under siege. But there is no question that we face strong pressure -- pressure to ruthlessly examine...
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Minorities in the Majority: Implications for Managing Cultural Diversity
Government and business officials continue to express concerns about dealing with cultural diversity in the workplace. Copeland (1988) observed that the United States is no longer viewed as a "melting pot" as it was during the European immigration, when...
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Reinventing Public Personnel Administration as Strategic Human Resource Management
Strategic human resource management (SHRM) is the purposeful resolution of human resource administration and policy issues so as to enhance a public agency's effectiveness. It requires understanding how personnel functions interrelate in context, recognition...
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Using Knowledge, Skill and Ability (KSA) Data to Identify Career Pathing Opportunities: An Application of Job Analysis to Internal Manpower Planning
Manpower planning represents the effective utilization of both internal and external human resources (Verhoever, 1982). It is a management concern that persists, regardless of economic conditions or manpower availability. It is a particular concern today...
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