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Howard Risher  |  Contributor

Email : h.risher@verizon.net

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.

THE FUTURE OF Work

It’s Time to Rethink Government’s People Management Practices

The pandemic has highlighted long-standing public workforce problems. But the crisis has also prompted some changes that point the way to work environments that support high performance.

June 15, 2020
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Smart Management

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.

June 11, 2019
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The Foundation for Accountability in Government: Goal-Based Management

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

May 8, 2019
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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.

February 27, 2019
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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.

January 9, 2019
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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.

September 26, 2018
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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.

May 24, 2018
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Commentary

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.

March 21, 2018
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Commentary

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.

January 31, 2018
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Commentary

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.

December 20, 2017
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Commentary

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.

November 29, 2017
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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.

September 20, 2017
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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.

August 9, 2017
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The Untapped Potential of HR in Government

It needs to move beyond 'admin stuff' to champion radically improved workforce management.

July 5, 2017
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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 24, 2017
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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.

May 10, 2017
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Why We Need to Rethink Public-Sector Retirement

Older workers have a lot to offer. Government needs their contributions more than ever.

March 29, 2017
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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.

February 15, 2017
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Why Public-Sector Pay Is a Mess

Government compensation systems are out of touch with the modern economy.

January 3, 2017
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What Academia Could Be Doing for Government

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

November 21, 2016
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What Empowered Public Employees Could Accomplish

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

October 11, 2016
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Voices of the GOVERNING Institute

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.

September 12, 2016
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Voices of the GOVERNING Institute

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.

August 23, 2016
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