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. 42, No. 3, September

Career Choice in Canadian Public Service: An Exploration of Fit with the Millennial Generation
Introduction One of the most pressing and significant challenges facing Canada involves the labor force and its aging population (Burke & Ng, 2006). The baby boomer generation currently in the workforce is reaching retirement age and leaving...
City Employee Perceptions of the Impact of Dress and Appearance: You Are What You Wear
Introduction Significant shifts have occurred over the past decade in what is viewed as acceptable workplace attire. Although traditionally formal with suits and ties, workplace attire became more casual in the late 1990s with the boom of hi-tech...
Criminal Background Checks in U.S. Higher Education: A Review of Policy Developments, Process Implementations, and Postresults Evaluation Procedures
Introduction Over the past several months, there have been a series of high-profile incidents on college campuses involving faculty, staff, and students reigniting the debate surrounding the need for more effective risk management practices on college...
Detecting Adverse Impact: The Four-Fifths Rule versus Significance Testing
Over the years, numerous landmark Supreme Court cases have clarified many selection discrimination issues (e.g., Griggs v. Duke Power, 1971). However, one issue for which the Supreme Court failed to provide clear guidance is regarding the appropriate...
Organizational Competence Development in Two Public Agencies in the Netherlands: The Effectiveness of In-Company Training versus Learning by Doing
Changing Bureaucratic Capabilities Two important developments are fundamental to understanding the functioning of the public sector in modern Western societies. The first is the rise of new public management (Hood, 1998) and the second is the shift...
Telecommuting and Leadership Style
Introduction Telecommuting (also known as telework, virtual work, off-site work, or flexible workplace) is an increasingly popular organizational dynamic that presents unique challenges for workers, managers, and human resources departments. Whether...
The Challenge of Making Performance-Based Pay Systems Work in the Public Sector
The federal government has successfully experimented with a variety of performance-based pay (PBP) systems for more than 30 years, utilizing the demonstration project authority granted to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) by the 1978 Civil...
The Development of a Model for the Distribution of Merit Pay Increase Monies for Municipal Agencies: A Case Study
Introduction Research in many disciplines suggests that pay-for-performance systems have the ability to produce substantial increases in motivation and productivity (Gerhart & Rynes, 2003). Social psychologists using experimental methods have...
The New Public Service? Applying the Public Service Motivation Model to Nonprofit Employees
Introduction Employee motivation is studied in different disciplines because of its importance to many fields including management, anthropology, psychology, sociology, and economics. Workers are said to look for many different things beyond pay...