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POLS 240 Lecture 15: PoliticalScience240_102516
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Department
Political Science
Course Code
POLS 240
Professor
Christopher Acuff
Lecture
15

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Political Science 240
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Human Capital
1. Human capital
a. Development of strategy to recruit and retain the workers the government needs to
do its work, and to ensure that they produce strong and effective government
problems
b. Lack of government attention to human capital major problem
c. Four main issues
i. Leadership
ii. Strategic human capital planning
iii. Acquiring, developing, and retaining talent
iv. Results oriented culture
2. Leadership
a. Those at the top have to focus on improving the organization and building a
workforce that can achieve the organization’s goals
b. Managers can get bogged down
c. Organization change can take years but appointees don’t serve that long
d. Ageing workforce & people retiring, need to get next generation of public sector
leaders
3. Results Oriented Culture
a. Bureaucratic rules and regulations become burdensome
b. Performance management systems drive personnel system
c. Performance improvement under Obama administration
i. Performance measures to improve outcomes
ii. Communicating these measures clearly and transparently
4. Government Reforms
a. People should be treated more like assets than liabilities
b. Ditch the Federal Personnel Manual
5. Flexibility in Personnel System
a. Late 1990s make more flexible, link employee performance with agency
mission
b. Broad banding collapses typically large number of job categories in most
government personnel systems into a far smaller number
i. Advantages:
1. Gives flexibility to individual departments
2. Helps employees in terms of career development
3. Merit pay linked to skills and performance, rather than incremental
annual raises
ii. Disadvantages
1. Downgrading positions without downgrading the work
2. Permitting managerial discretion lead to abuse
3. More tasks and more stress for workers
4. Failure to reward increased productivity
6. Rethinking Merit
a. National Commission on the Public Service (1989) aka Volcker Commission
b. Texas, Georgia, and Florida drastically changed/abolished state’s merit systems
c. Problems
i. Job satisfaction down
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Political Science 240 Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Human Capital 1. Human capital a. Development of strategy to recruit and retain the workers the government needs to do its work, and to ensure that they produce strong and effective government problems b. Lack of government attention to human capital major problem c. Four main issues i. Leadership ii. Strategic human capital planning iii. Acquiring, developing, and retaining talent iv. Results oriented culture 2. Leadership a. Those at the top have to focus on improving the organization and building a workforce that can achieve the organization’s goals b. Managers can get bogged down c. Organization change can take years but appointees don’t serve that long d. Ageing workforce & people retiring, need to get next generation of public sector leaders 3. Results Oriented Culture a. Bureaucratic rules and regulations become burdensome b. Performance management systems drive personnel system c. Performance improvement under Obama administration i. Performance measures to improve outcomes ii. Communicating these measures clearly and transparently 4. Government Reforms a. People should be treated more like assets tha
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