How to set up agency supervisors for success

Formal supervisor training does not always cover the practical experience that supervisors need to deal with personal issues such as employee grievances, poor performers and low morale. One team of EIG participants decided to tackle this challenge by creating a way for new supervisors to get feedback through peer-mentoring groups with other supervisors.

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Acquisition professionals get motivated to manage

Participants in the spring 2019 Leadership Excellence for Acquisition Professionals program focused on motivating and managing others in their most recent session. See what lessons they learned through activities including an alumni panel and “Shark Tank” experience.

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Empower your employees to question your expectations

By: Cameron Kober

Ideally, employees will solve problems. But too often, they work around them, resulting in more problems, low employee morale and angry customers. Find out why this might be happening on your team and how to respond to it.

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Your employees probably don’t realize what you have done to engage them

By: Cameron Kober

Most of the time, agency leaders listen to and act on the feedback provided in the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey—but the workforce doesn’t know it. The disconnect between what employees say in the survey and what the leaders do in response can drive a wedge between the workforce and agency leadership. To bridge that divide requires a change in communication.

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The importance of federal acquisition

It can be easy to overlook federal acquisition, one of the many support functions that helps the government run. These federal employees need leadership skills so they can negotiate the best government contracts, attract new service providers and more, writes Rachel Verlik, a coach with the Leadership Excellence for Acquisition Professionals program.

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A closer look into our 2018 government-wide employee engagement score

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At the end of the day, our government’s most important asset is its people. This year’s Best Places to Work findings demonstrate that collectively we have a lot of work remaining to support and strengthen the federal workforce.

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