Workforce

How Governments Are Recruiting Young Workers

COMMENTARY | From initiatives that allow new parents to bring their babies to work to upgraded facilities, state and local government leaders are aiming to compete with the private sector.

Unemployment Pushes More Men to Take on Female-Dominated Jobs

COMMENTARY | Men who work in female-dominated fields tend to get more prestige and higher wages.

U.S. Population Growing Very Slowly, Census Bureau Says

Ten states lost residents in 2019. But despite the country’s population gains slowing to a crawl, some states are attracting more residents, with Idaho and Nevada growing fastest.

Tariffs Drove Manufacturing Job Losses, Fed Report Says

President Trump said that tariffs would boost U.S. manufacturing. New research found, so far, that isn’t the case.

Confucius Has a Message for Leaders Who Want to Succeed: Reflect

COMMENTARY | The ancient Chinese teacher called reflection the best way to become wise, yet we rarely consider it a core trait of a great leader. It's time for that to change.

Managers Take Note: Less of You is Probably Enough

Your success isn’t directly correlated to how much time you spend telling people what to do.

Data Evangelists Spread the Word on Boosting Government Performance

A recent gathering of state and local officials had the feel of an old time revival.

Three Theories for Why You Have No Time

COMMENTARY | Better technology means higher expectations, and higher expectations create more work.

What Stands Between Young People and Local Government Jobs?

COMMENTARY | Many millennials or members of Generation Z are interested in meaningful work that can help improve people’s lives, but they don’t necessarily see government jobs in that light.

In This State, Government Employees Can Now Bring Their Babies to Work

Starting next month, some state employees in New Hampshire will be allowed to bring their infants to work.

With Healthy Budgets, Dozens of States Give Raises to Their Workers

The number of states bumping up pay for their employees has hit a high not seen since prior to the Great Recession.

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Leading and Succeeding Where Organizational Boundaries Are Unclear

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The Uber and Lyft of Dog Walking Fight State Oversight

The gig-economy model for pet care has disrupted a standing industry in somewhat the same way that ride-hailing services upended the taxi industry.

Suburban Jobs Are Growing Fastest, But Urban Jobs Pay More

New labor data show that the suburbs have the fastest job growth in the U.S. But we shouldn’t assume the future of employment will be suburban.

Why the 21st-Century Economy Prizes Overwork

The digital age has liberated the tools of productivity from the office, and chained workers to their computers.

The Toll of Parenting on the American Woman’s Workweek

Though they pick up more hours than ever, mothers’ proportion in the workforce has stalled, finds a new report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research.

Creating an Agenda for Reform

Experts see the need for a fresh focus on thinking about the big issues in state and local governance.

After Virginia Beach Mass Shooting, Report Calls for Improved Security and Other Changes

The independent report made 58 recommendations, ranging from significant changes to the city’s management of human resources to increased workplace violence prevention training.

Boomer and Millennial Public Workers Agree Pensions are a Plus

No matter their age, most state and local government employees in a recent survey said retirement benefits are a big factor in why they stay at their jobs.

The New First Responder Crisis: Not Enough Dispatchers

COMMENTARY | What can governments do to recruit and keep the “first” first responders?