Howard Risher, the co-author with William Wilder of the 2016 book "Its Time for High-Performance Government: Winning Strategies to Engage and Energize the Public Sector Workforce," is a consultant focusing on public-sector pay and performance.

As the practice leader for two global consulting firms, Risher has worked with a variety of federal and state agencies, the United Nations and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. In 1990, he managed the project that led to the passage of the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act and the federal transition to locality pay.

Risher earned his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA and Ph.D. in business from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

June 11, 2019

Government's Core Staffing Problem: Inflexible Pay Systems

Competition for talent is going to intensify. Government needs new approaches to how it compensates its workforce.
May 8, 2019

The Foundation for Accountability in Government: Goal-Based Management

Tennessee's strategy for reforming its workforce practices has produced a culture of continuous improvement.
February 27, 2019

How HR Metrics Could Drive Better Government Performance

Every jurisdiction should be comparing itself with its peers to identify problematic practices, increase productivity and reduce costs.
January 9, 2019

Bridging the 2 Worlds of Performance Improvement

The private sector has long blended measurement and workforce management. Too often in government, that's not the way it works.
September 26, 2018

Why Governments’ Pay Problems Have to Be Addressed

The public sector's workforce issues aren't going to be solved as long as the dynamics of labor markets are ignored.
May 24, 2018

Co-Creating the Government Work Experience

The public sector's workforce challenges won't be solved by the management practices of the past. Employee buy-in is essential.
March 21, 2018

What Poor Workforce Strategies Are Costing Government

Engaging their employees could improve productivity and save governments a lot of money. But the public sector is largely ignoring the opportunity.
January 31, 2018

The Managers Government Doesn’t Need

Eliminating layers of them would do more than save money. It would empower public workers and unleash their capabilities.
December 20, 2017

A Smaller Public Workforce Means Deteriorated Services, Right? Not Necessarily.

Governments have been slow to adopt management practices that are proven to dramatically improve performance. There's no excuse.
November 29, 2017

Unleashing the Potential of Public Employees

When they're given the metrics, the tools and the chance to contribute, they can work wonders. Denver is showing the way.
September 20, 2017

What Government Can Learn From ‘Best Places’ Employers

The companies that top the rankings have something in common: workplace practices that confirm employees are valued.
August 9, 2017

Where High Performance Happens: In the Trenches

Public employees know what needs to be done. Managers are the key to a trusting environment that empowers workers.
July 5, 2017

The Untapped Potential of HR in Government

It needs to move beyond 'admin stuff' to champion radically improved workforce management.
May 24, 2017

HR’s Crucial Role in Boosting Government’s Performance

It's the logical home for people-management expertise. We need to re-define its function.
May 10, 2017

What Government Needs to Do to Meet Its Staffing Challenges

Pay is an issue for attracting qualified workers, but it's not the only one. The public sector must up its game.
March 29, 2017

Why We Need to Rethink Public-Sector Retirement

Older workers have a lot to offer. Government needs their contributions more than ever.
February 15, 2017

Are Civil-Service Rules the Enemy of Employee Engagement?

There's a striking pattern among the states, and it suggests that we need to take a new look the systems that govern public workers.
January 3, 2017

Why Public-Sector Pay Is a Mess

Government compensation systems are out of touch with the modern economy.
November 21, 2016

What Academia Could Be Doing for Government

Public administration schools' research doesn't have to be irrelevant. Business schools provide a model.
October 11, 2016

What Empowered Public Employees Could Accomplish

"Participative management" is big in the private sector. Government leaders need to recognize its value.
September 12, 2016

The Real Solution to Government’s Performance Problems: Culture Change

The latest management system isn't going to get the job done. Ultimately, it's about leadership and managers.
August 23, 2016

Why Is Public-Employee Morale So Bad?

The private sector has learned the value of engaging its workers. Government needs to take advantage of that.