December 18, 2014
A look back at how state and local government workers fared this year in terms of pensions, health care and jobs.
November 20, 2014
Most states have employee suggestion programs that financially reward workers for improving services and saving money. Here's how one works.
October 23, 2014
The city's new hiring approach has inspired many to take big pay cuts to work in government.
September 18, 2014
A first-of-its-kind report finds that the most effective way to reduce public workers' health expenses isn't popular cost-cutting moves like wellness programs, which rarely produce significant savings.
August 21, 2014
In an unusual approach to boosting employee engagement, the state is bringing in the unions to solve problems earlier.
July 24, 2014
Pennsylvania is saving $1 million a year and getting rid of the lag time when people start new jobs.
June 19, 2014
After years of cutting public workers' retirement benefits, states are slowly adopting common private-sector practices that automatically enroll employees in savings plans and automatically increase how much people put away each month.
May 22, 2014
After much pushback from unions, big cities like Detroit and Chicago are now making their retired employees get health care on the exchanges or through spouses.
April 17, 2014
In several states, public employees anticipated pay raises this year. But in some states, all they're left with is disappointment.
March 20, 2014
More job openings, pay raises and better benefits all appear to be on state and local government managers' minds.
February 12, 2014
Imagine spending your lunch break at a book club meeting. That’s what some Baltimore city employees do and it’s inspired changes throughout the city.
January 15, 2014
Entering a leadership role? Want a promotion? Need a better work-life balance? These six books (and one guide) might help.
December 11, 2013
The four biggest issues facing government employers and employees this year and how they impacted public servants.
November 13, 2013
A growing number of state and local governments are doing what most federal agencies already do and eliminating the criminal history box from public-sector job applications.
October 9, 2013
The only police department with more Facebook "likes" than Brimfield, Ohio's is New York City's. We interviewed Brimfield's police chief to see how his department got 88,000 people from around the world to care about his community.
September 11, 2013
In the next few years, states and localities will face new fees and taxes on the health plans they offer. One of their biggest challenges may be keeping employees informed even though the feds are leaving them in the dark.
August 14, 2013
We examine proposals still brewing in legislatures, how already-enacted reforms are playing out, and the model based on one of the world's strongest pension systems that a Canadian province is using to keep costs under control.
May 15, 2013
In an effort to keep employees and their skills up to date, the Volunteer State is urging 1,600 IT workers to reapply for their jobs.
April 10, 2013
As troops begin returning home from Afghanistan, states are looking for ways to reduce veterans' high unemployment rate. Washington state wants to hire them.
April 1, 2013
Payment options abound, but read the fine print first.
March 13, 2013
Should public employees be required to live in the jurisdictions they serve? Gov. Scott Walker doesn't think so.
March 13, 2013
What are the benefits to a degree that puts you on a government career track?
February 13, 2013
Several municipalities offered early retirement incentives to public workers last year. What impact such incentives have on budgets and services, however, is up for debate.
January 16, 2013
Governments argue that no longer hiring smokers would free up some much-needed funds.
December 12, 2012
Unions took a blow in Michigan this week. We review how the entire year impacted unions as well as government hiring, pensions and retirement.
November 30, 2012
The mass exodus of baby boomers from the workforce has been a crisis in the making for years. Yet in many cases the public sector is still not prepared.
November 14, 2012
Virginia is likely the only state to offer its employees short-term, low-interest loans for noneducation-related reasons -- and at virtually no cost to the state.
October 10, 2012
Public employees don't have the right to strike in 39 states. What other options do they have for getting what they want?
September 12, 2012
The city-funded "university" prepares public workers for the jobs they want and aims to reverse the sometimes negative view of government.
August 8, 2012
The Lone Star State's health and human services agencies are looking to boost their virtual workforce, hoping to increase productivity and save money.
July 11, 2012
Albuquerque, N.M., was chosen as a pilot city to see if assessing job candidates' career readiness could reduce turnover as well as hiring time and training costs.
June 13, 2012
Several states this year are changing how public employees are hired and fired. They may be able to learn a thing or two from states that already have.
May 8, 2012
Gov. Bill Haslam signed legislation to create a personnel environment more akin to the private sector.
April 11, 2012
Two employees created the St. Louis County Government Young Professionals Group to prepare tomorrow's leaders for today -- and with no budget.
March 30, 2012
The Results-Only Work Environment, which allows work to be done at nearly anytime and anywhere, has the potential to cut workforce costs and boost morale.
March 14, 2012
A provision in the Affordable Care Act is allowing a few states to shift dependent children’s health care into the state-federal program.
February 15, 2012
Employee benefit committees figure out what benefits are most important to employees and assist with benefit negotiations.
January 11, 2012
One study says it can't. What impact does job security have in evaluating public-sector compensation?
December 14, 2011
PTO programs can be one way to provide employees with adequate leave while cutting down on absenteeism and costs.
November 9, 2011
How does the rhetoric and politics around initiatives like Ohio's Issue 2 affect the morale of public employees?
October 12, 2011
Now that Hennepin County, Minn.'s health department is now fully implementing ROWE principles, their manager aiming to be more inclusive and efficient.
September 14, 2011
A Colorado utilities department is conducting written and video exit interviews with current staffers now so their future replacements know who to work with and how to do the job.
August 10, 2011
This past July, young public employees and their experienced colleagues congregated to share tips on how to advance their government careers.
July 29, 2011
Some publicly funded universities may eliminate their Master of Public Administration programs, but schools are getting creative to avoid that.
July 13, 2011
The governor's office and the legislature disagreed on how productive fewer days and longer hours were, ultimately bringing back the five-day workweek.
June 30, 2011
Before Baltimore could help its most at-risk populations, it first had to make them see public services in a positive light.
June 15, 2011
A look at the most prevalent uses of cross training in today's public workforce.
May 11, 2011
Concerns about public employee confusion over financial options led North Carolina Treasurer Janet Cowell to rethink how her department shapes and shares personal finance info.
April 29, 2011
With little or no additional funding, geomapping can help law enforcement fight crime while lowering traffic incidents.
April 13, 2011
Washington state’s Department of Transportation’s Return to Work Unit focuses on completing claims and getting the employee healed and back to work.
March 31, 2011
Performance measurement isn't a once-a-year event -- it's an ongoing process.
March 9, 2011
Having a social media policy can ensure that government employees utilize social media as a tool and not a distraction.
March 1, 2011
Times are tough for libraries. To keep the doors open, one city is turning its operations over to the county.
February 9, 2011
States and cities create preventative programs in an effort to keep health insurance costs down. Are employees more likely to get involved when enticed or prodded?
February 1, 2011
To cut costs and save face, all of Chicago's police misconduct cases are going to trial instead of settling out of court.
January 12, 2011
An employee feedback program helps demonstrate that management is paying attention to what employees have to share.
December 15, 2010
Voluntary Spanish classes are a way for employees to provide better service to a growing Hispanic population.
November 10, 2010
A graduate of Boulder County's intense Leadership Academy shares how she strengthened her leadership skills and network, while juggling work and family.
October 13, 2010
The county's selective and intensive leadership academy results in a alumni pool that is ready to tackle challenges if and when leaders decide to retire.
October 1, 2010
A nearly two decades-old reporting system designed to prevent benefit fraud is helping cash-strapped states save millions -- but not in the way originally intended.
One Michigan official wants to gather public and private human resource professionals at least once a year to help strengthen the state's workforce.
New state pension rules affect everyone but they depend on where you work, when you started work and if you were elected.
July 30, 2010
The 'Minnesconsin' adventure may not always be easy, but the two states have found that collaboration is cost-effective.
A recent summit provided early career professionals with ideas and advice on how to work well in government.
A young leader in Montana tells about how he advanced so quickly in state government. His keys to success? Time, luck, hard work, risk taking, and being well-dressed.
May 1, 2010
Even before President Barack Obama signed health-care reform into law, two states had already taken steps to invalidate it. In Utah, lawmakers proposed a measure...