GOVERNING Online Forum: Innovations in the Public Workforce

February 23
Duration: 1 hour

Decreasing revenue is forcing governments to get creative about how to recruit and retain the best and brightest employees without large increases in costly compensation and benefits. How are cities and counties facing this daunting task?

In Hennepin County, Minnesota, the Human Services and Public Health Department (HSPHD) shifted its focus from where and when employees work to what they accomplish and how that aligns with the department’s goals. This Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE) offers employee scheduling flexibility, helping to attract great workers, cut costs, reduces sick and vacation time, and improves employee productivity to better serve Hennepin County’s citizens. In Lynchburg, Virginia, and Hays, Kansas, employees have been shifted to an integrated paid-time off system that combines various forms of leave including vacation and personal time. Employees enjoy the freedom of not needing specific reasons to take time off, and the cities enjoy reduced leave payout costs and less absenteeism.

Join GOVERNING's editorial staff on Thursday, February 23 at 2 p.m. ET for a live, interactive online forum as we discuss the innovative workforce practices of integrated paid- time off and the Results-Only Work Environment.

This online forum will cover:

  • The Results-Only Work Environment - how giving employees flexibility by placing focus on achieving department goals rather than watching a clock saves money, boosts morale, increases productivity and improves citizen services
  • Hennepin County’s HSPHD ROWE experience – more than two years after entering a ROWE environment, what challenges is the department still facing and what success has it experienced?
  • Integrated paid-time off – how Lynchburg, Virginia, and Hays, Kansas, cut down on absenteeism and costs by ending business-as-usual leave policies


Tod Newcombe (moderator)

Heather Kerrigan
Staff Writer

Erin Niehaus
Human Resources Coordinator
City of Hays, Kansas

Margaret Schmitt
HR Director
City of Lynchburg, Virginia

Deb Truesdell
ROWE Manager
Human Services and Public Health Department
Hennepin County, Minnesota



For questions, please contact:

Jennifer Caldwell
800.917.7732 ext. 1345