Magazine article Workforce Management

5 QUESTIONS for Tim Buckley

Magazine article Workforce Management

5 QUESTIONS for Tim Buckley

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Organizational psychologist, Securities and Exchange Commission

Last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Human Resources hired Tim Buckley, an organizational psychologist, to improve the department's recruitment and development of its 3,800 employees. Buckley spoke to Workforce Management's Jessica Marquez about his goals for the SEC.

Workforce Management: What prompted the SEC to hire you?

Tim Buckley: The leadership under former SEC Chairman Bill Donaldson wanted to make the operations run more effectively and saw that human resources was an area that could provide additional support in a way that it never had. The agency brought on a new head of human resources, Jeffrey Risinger, just before me. He and I worked very closely in developing a workforce strategy for the agency.

WM: What's the plan?

Buckley: First, we are improving our core human resources processes. For example, this year we will roll out a Web site so that employees can handle their own benefits online. After that, we will work to better integrate our recruiting, employee development and leadership planning. The third piece is to start being more of a source of human capital knowledge for the whole organization. We hope that by creating a more integrated approach we can save $30 million in the next 10 years. That number just refers to cost savings associated with gained efficiency, but we also anticipate savings from productivity gains.

WM: What are you doing to address turnover at the agency? …

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