Posts on Hiring

Serenity Now! Managing Emotional Labor in the Local Government Workplace

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Fans of the show Seinfeld may remember the episode where Frank Costanza (George’s father) tries a new approach to keeping himself calm. When his blood pressure is on the rise, he is supposed to say to himself “Serenity Now”. But instead of saying it calmly, he shouts it. Like, “SERENITY NOW!

Confidentiality of Applicant Names

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Here’s an idea that many people in local government in North Carolina cling to:  the names of applicants for governmental jobs are confidential.  It’s a very handy idea.  It allows a manager in a small county to apply for the manager’s job in a large county without letting the cat out of the bag too […]