Tuesday April 22, 2014
Citizen participation in government is a hallmark of American democracy. Most government business is conducted under the authority of elected representatives, but there are some civic procedures that call for direct participation by citizens. One of those procedures is rulemaking which happens at the federal and state levels of government.
Rules further explain laws enacted by elected officials. When statutes give agencies rulemaking authority, elected officials leave the details of executing those laws to public administrators.
Bureaucrats do not make rules in a vacuum. Rulemaking procedures allow for citizens to comment on proposed rules. Whether they agree or disagree, administrators must address the comments made. Should they reject a commenting individual's point of view, administrators must explain their disagreement.
Read more: Steps in the Federal Rulemaking Process | Benefits of Engaging Stakeholders in the Rulemaking Process
Monday April 21, 2014
Each year, the US Office of Personnel Management administers the Federal Employees Viewpoint Survey which gathers employees' opinions about their workplaces. The survey opens this month and will close in June. Preliminary data will be available in August. Full results will come in the fall.
As with any employee engagement survey, "the success of the FEVS depends on each agency's senior leadership team communicating a desire to hear from their workers and a sincere commitment to respond to employee feedback at the appropriate level," OPM Director Kathleen Archuleta said in an April 11 memo to federal agency heads.
The Partnership for Public Service uses FEVS data to produce the annual report of The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government®.
Read more: 2013 Rankings of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government
Wednesday April 16, 2014
While it may not seem like it, a job interview is a two-way street. Obviously, the hiring manager wants to know about about the candidate. It is just as important for the candidate to learn about the hiring manager and organization. One of the best ways to do this is for candidates do this by asking questions during the job interview.
Hiring managers want candidates to ask questions. Among other things, asking questions shows the hiring manager that a candidate is interested in the job.
The information a candidate can gather in an interview is much richer than what can be gathered during pre-interview research. Most of face-to-face communication is nonverbal, so the candidate can learn more than what the interviewer necessarily wants to reveal. Candidates can see if the verbal communication matches the non-verbal communication to get an idea of whether the answers provided are genuine. If the answers do not seem truthful, that should raise the candidate's suspicions about the hiring manager and employing organization.
Read more: Why You Should Ask Questions in a Job Interview
Tuesday April 15, 2014
Parks are valuable assets to a community. To provide their maximum benefit, they must be maintained. The public servants responsible for this duty are parks maintenance workers.
Maintenance requires more than just mowing lawns. Depending on a park's purpose, it may need flowerbeds weeded, sidewalks repaired, playground equipment inspected, parking lots striped or all other sorts of tasks.
Under the oversight of parks maintenance supervisors, workers perform their duties with caution to ensure their own safety and the safety of those around them. They inspect their tools and power equipment before, during and after operation to keep them running at peak performance and safety.
Read more: What Does a Parks Maintenance Worker Do?