The Complete Guide to Hiring and Firing Government Employees

The Complete Guide to Hiring and Firing Government Employees

Author: Stewart Liff
Pub Date: December 2009
Print Edition: $24.95
Print ISBN: 9780814414507
Page Count: 240
Format: Hardback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814414514

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Government bureaucracy can often make hiring great employees a cumbersome, slow-moving process. But with the right advice from a seasoned mentor who’s been there, seen it all, and managed to assemble high-performing, productive groups of people, you’ll be able to surround yourself with great work teams on a consistent basis throughout your career.

By the same token, during the course of your career as a government manager, chances are you will find that some of your employees are simply not working out. They may be hold-overs from the past who have never been good employees and have never been dealt with; they may be good employees whose performance has suffered due to personal problems or other reasons; or they may be recent hires who turned out to be poor selections despite your best efforts. Like it or not, it’s your responsibility to document and deal with those who don’t make the cut, as well as bring on board the best talent available in the first place.

Based on author Stewart Liff’s extensive experience as a government human resources management expert, as well as his many years as a government line manager and senior executive, The Complete Guide to Hiring and Firing Government Employees shows you how to cut through the red tape and:

• take an anticipatory approach to recruiting

• decide who to target and where and how to advertise for open positions

• screen and interview candidates

• counsel a poor-performing employee

• use progressive discipline

• document a case

• write a charge

• develop internal political support

• prepare for and win a third party hearing

• and continuously maintain an entire department of exceptional performers.

Filled with smart, no-nonsense strategies you can adapt in any hiring and firing situation, this book is a powerful resource that will enable you to maintain an efficient, productive work team at all times.

Praise for Managing Government Employees by Stewart Liff

“[Liff’s] 32-year career, which includes service at both the management and executive levels in the Department of Defense, General Service Administration, Federal Energy Administration, and Veterans Health Administration, make Managing Government Employees an extraordinarily credible endeavor. …a ‘must-read’ for those contemplating entering management…. his comments and insights are useful to all managers, particularly first-line managers, everywhere.” — Graziadio Business Report

“Stewart Liff provides many great tactics, case studies and stories that debunk common perceptions that government managers have of the government’s personnel system…. This book should be required reading for all supervisors in government.” — GovLeaders.org

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