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Engaging Local Government Employees

October 10, 2016

Employee engagement is a popular concept with a wide variety of meanings. One definition we use in academic research focuses on the energy, focus and dedication that employees bring to a job. Researchers have found employees who say they are … Read more

E-Recruiting for Local Government

June 17, 2016

In the digital age, recruiting does not happen in the office from just nine to five. The best candidates are searching for jobs around the clock.

Boosting Employee Survey Response Rates

March 4, 2016

Response rates are one of the most important criteria for evaluating employee survey results. The higher the response rate, the more confident you can be that your survey results apply to the workforce as a whole. That makes sense: a … Read more

Worklife Balance Is Not a Myth

October 13, 2015

Wikipedia shares the following definition for work-life balance: “a concept including proper prioritizing between “work” (careerand ambition) and “lifestyle” (health, pleasure, leisure, familyand spiritual development/meditation)”. If we lived in a generic world, this definition would cover most of us. However, we live in a world … Read more

A Note of Gratitude

July 7, 2015

I was talking recently with someone about my interactions with human resources over the years and it caused me to stop and think. I’ve learned alot from HR professionals and your work has caused me to change my approach to my own … Read more

Running for Office: The Hatch Act is Nearly Dead

December 8, 2014

When an employee of a city or county wants to run for elective office, three legal considerations have traditionally leapt to mind—North Carolina’s criminal conflicts of interest statute, the state’s common law principle of incompatibility of office, and the federal … Read more

What Local Government Cannot Afford

July 18, 2014

Let’s begin with an idea: local governments cannot afford to be bad employers. Put another, way, without money to reward and retain good employees, local governments must seek to be the best employers possible. This means moving towards inclusive workplaces … Read more