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Fed managers: You can incentivize employees!


Despite improvements at some agencies in recent years, working for the federal government still has a—sometimes deserved, sometimes not—reputation for placing cumbersome barriers on rather than smart incentives for good work. Hence, the continuing “bureaucracy” tropes about work in the federal government. 

A brief from the Partnership for Public Service, drawing attention to several government guidance and rules documents, offers a simple roadmap for managers—and employees—on how to get past those barriers. 

The piece notes several specific strategies and reminds managers to look to their often-overlooked H.R. departments and professionals for advice on avenues that are available to help managers make great ideas and execution count at federal agencies. 

With insights from alums from a major federal entity—the Export-Import Bank—PPS highlights monetary and non-monetary incentives that managers can offer employees that can drive more focused on-the-job effort. Reclassifying a job is one route, accessing the maximum payable rate is another—and there are many more listed in the piece. 

“Senior executives and leaders at all levels should rely on their HR departments when making decisions relating to employee management,” the piece advises. “These individuals understand the laws and regulations and will provide the guidance needed in areas of rewarding high performers and more.”

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