Workforce

Feeling Overwhelmed? Approach Coronavirus as a Challenge to Be Met, Not a Threat to Be Feared

COMMENTARY | The way people process threatening events matters a lot for how well they’ll manage this period of uncertainty.

Coronavirus Is Slamming State Unemployment Systems

Funding is one concern, another is handling an unprecedented wave of claims.

How ‘Ghosting’ Afflicts Public Sector Recruitment

COMMENTARY | Too often, that perfect candidate just disappears.

What Will You Do If You Start Coughing?

“Stay home” is not a sufficient plan.

An Option for States and Localities Seeking to Save on Retiree Health Care Costs

A group highlights why shifting to individual Medicare marketplaces can make sense in some cases, and offers some tips on how to head in that direction.

Transgender Americans Are More Likely to Be Unemployed and Poor

COMMENTARY | A new study found that transgender people had higher rates of poverty and worse health than otherwise comparable individuals who did not identify as transgender.

A Major Union Push to Organize Child Care Providers in California

A new law granted workers the ability to collectively bargain with the state, an effort that union organizers are calling “historic.”

Reduce Stress at Work and Prevent Burnout—a Psychologist Explains How

COMMENTARY | Tackling burnout is the responsibility of both organizations and their employees.

Most Millennial State and Local Government Workers Satisfied With Jobs, Survey Finds

The mission-driven aspects of public sector work could help explain the results, the group that released the research says.

State Proposal to Mandate Pay for Worker Shift Changes Draws Fire

The California Chamber of Commerce this week branded the bill a “job killer.” But prior research suggests scheduling uncertainty is hard on service sector employees.

Beyond Buzzwords and Dashboards: Effective Approaches to Performance Management

In a new book, Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene assess the state of efforts to improve state and local government operations.

Worried About Accidentally Harassing a Woman? Don’t Be

COMMENTARY | Accidentally harassing someone on the job doesn't really happen.

A Few Companies Are Experimenting with Four-Day Workweeks. One State Lawmaker Wants to Follow

In Washington, a state lawmaker wants to start a discussion about shifting to a 32-hour workweek.

States With Most Jobs Losses Due to Trade Gap With China Identified in New Report

All 50 states have seen jobs eroded as a result of the country’s growing trade deficit with China over the past 20 years, the research found.

Is Workplace Rudeness On the Rise?

COMMENTARY | Growing alarms over a 'rudeness epidemic' make it seem like incivility in the workplace is on the rise. The data suggest otherwise.

Why Bosses Should Let Employees Surf the Web at Work

COMMENTARY | New research suggests that a little cyberloafing on the job can help workers deal with stressful work environments.

Whistleblowing Isn't Just a Federal Issue

COMMENTARY | An interview about the first comprehensive study of state whistleblower laws and how states protect—or don’t protect—people who report wrongdoing.

How Capitalism Broke Young Adulthood

COMMENTARY | Boomers have socialism. Why not Millennials?

Designing Constructive Feedback Discussions for Success

If it’s not about pursuing high performance tied to the mission, it’s personal, and that’s lousy feedback.