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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It’s always hard to find a good employee, especially if you’re burdened with a lot of red tape and bureaucracy. What’s even worse is knowing that if the employee doesn’t work out, it could be difficult to effectively discipline—or in the worst cases, ultimately get rid of—your least effective employees.

Written by a proven authority on government careers who has himself worked for the government for decades, The Complete Guide to Hiring and Firing Government Employees arms you with tried-and-true, realistic strategies that will enable you to find and hire the best talent available, as well as efficiently document and deal with those who don’t make the cut.

Over the course of your career, you will probably hire dozens if not hundreds of people—and make no mistake about it; the quality of the people you hire will go a long way toward determining how successful you are as a manager. If you don’t properly strategize in the first place how to regularly bring in the best possible groups of new employees—instead of just making quick, individual judgment calls and hoping for the best—you run the risk of spending your valuable time dealing with performance problems and employee relations issues, rather than performing your own day-to-day job. Even then, all the time and effort you may spend trying to smooth out a less-than-adequate employee’s work may come to no avail.

With all the constraints posed by the government’s laws, rules, regulations, and procedures, neither hiring top-notch government employees nor removing consistently poor performers is an easy task. But you will need to be able to do both in order to succeed.

The Complete Guide to Hiring and Firing Government Employees provides you with a complete roadmap for recruiting and retaining highly qualified applicants in a logical, integrated, and systematic fashion. The book offers a series of philosophies, strategies, and recruitment tactics, based on a deep understanding of the government’s HRM systems. You’ll be able to customize an approach to fit your own specific needs and become familiar with the entire hiring process, ranging from the time before vacancies even exist, to the moment you begin your recruiting, through rating and ranking candidates, and up to the final selection and its aftermath.

You’ll learn concrete strategies for counseling and working with employees who need improvement, providing progressive discipline when necessary. The book then goes on to demonstrate how—in a worst-case scenario—you may go about firing an employee in a fair, logical, and defensible manner. Author Stewart Liff reveals valuable tips on how to document your actions, write charges, put together an evidence file, decide whether and when to settle a case, and if not, how to prevail before a third party.

Filled with commonsense tips and well-informed, hard-won guidance, this essential guide demystifies all the twists and turns you may come across in your journey to build a first-class government workforce—and prevents you from having to deal with more than your share of poor employees down the road.

STEWART LIFF began his career with the federal government in 1974. He is a winner of the President’s Council on Management Improvement Award and the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service. His books include Managing Government Employees and Managing Your Government Career. He lives in Saugus, California.

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