Not My Dad’s State Agency Anymore

Not My Dad’s State Agency Anymore

My father, William Finley, and I recently compared views of the world of work.  When Dad was the President of SCF of AZ, the workers’ compensation agency of the State of Arizona (he retired in 1987) there were certain “rules” that everyone in the workplace...
Four Traits of Engaged Public Employees

Four Traits of Engaged Public Employees

The nature of public employment is changing rapidly. With threats to public sector pensions and reduced benefit packages, recruiting and retaining top talent is more difficult than ever. Long-term employees are expected to do more with less, in an increasingly...
Focus on Performance, Not Pay

Focus on Performance, Not Pay

When you talk about an employee’s pay during a performance evaluation discussion, you are no longer talking about performance. Pay adjustments should follow from your assessment of the employee’s performance. However, when you discuss pay in the evaluation meeting, it...
10 Questions that Get Employees Talking

10 Questions that Get Employees Talking

The typical performance evaluation discussion is one-sided.  You talk and the employee listens.  As a result, everyone walks away from the encounter feeling disengaged and unempowered. The annual performance evaluation conversation CAN be a very productive and...
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