Workforce

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?

Featured eBooks

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.

Parental Leave Laws Are Failing Single Parents

COMMENTARY | State parental leave laws aren't designed with single-parent families in mind, so they are get less paid leave than two-parent families although many could use even more time.

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.