Attrition as a Workforce Strategy: Supporting or Sabotaging Organizational Strategic Goals

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A former boss of mine used to say that when you hire a government civilian, “you’ve got what you’ve got and you’re stuck with them.” In 2011, a USA Today analysis of the job security of Federal employees found many federal employees were more likely to die than get fired from their jobs with the government.[i] With job security for federal employees over 99%, my old boss’ comment is not far from the truth. When an organization treats all employees the same, the highest performers and those with the most desirable skills tend to leave first. Read More


There is no “I” in Team COE:

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How Teamwork Has Kept DoD’s Workforce Planning Efforts on Track

Written by Chris Meadows and Fred Panzer.

Every two years, the Department of Defense (DoD) is required to deliver a strategic workforce plan (SWP) to Congress, outlining workforce challenges, opportunities, and strategies to address gaps. Despite facing numerous challenges during the fiscal year (FY) 2015-2016 strategic workforce planning assessment process, the synergy and coordination exhibited by the COE project team (Team COE) has kept DoD on track to deliver the FY 2016-2021 SWP to Congress on September 30, 2016. Read More


No Big Proposals in State of the Union for Feds

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COE’s Steve Goodrich speaks as a guest on “Federal Drive” with Tom Temin on Federal News Radio.

As promised, last night’s State of the Union speech from President Barack Obama was relatively short on big legislative proposals. More a restatement of his and his administration’s values and a call, perhaps, for a little less partisanship. After listening to the speech from halfway around the world Steve Goodrich, CEO of the Center for Organizational Excellence, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share some analysis. Read More