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  • Engaging Local Government Employees

    parks-and-rec-engagement-gifEmployee engagement is a popular concept with a wide variety of meanings. One definition we use in academic research focuses on the energy, focus and dedication that employees bring to a job. Researchers have found employees who say they are engaged are less likely to say they are planning to leave the organization and more likely to say they are committed to the organization.  Read more »

  • E-Recruiting for Local Government

    In the digital age, recruiting does not happen in the office from just nine to five. The best candidates are searching for jobs around the clock. Read more »

  • Pulling Off Pay for Performance: Lessons from MPA Research

    Pay-for-performance (P4P) has been a hot topic among public and private managers for years. The concept is popular because it embraces the ethos of rewarding hard work. Furthermore, the “new normal” for the public sector is to do more with less and P4P seems like one strategy to accomplish that. For private sector firms, pay-for-performance is a common practice used by an estimated 89 percent of companies. Read more »