Managing the New Hybrid Workforce

Agencies have always used the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey as a key tool to measure feedback and satisfaction from their current workers. But Wayne Bobby, vice president for Workday Federal, said he sees more organizations using short, regular surveys to take the “pulse” of their employees. It’s a practice Workday uses on a weekly basis with its workforce of 14,000.

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An employee journey map, the first of its kind in the federal government, is helping the Department of the Veterans Affairs uncover insights from its workforce — and improve the professional and skills development opportunities along the way.

The virtual work environment is opening up new professional development opportunities for NASA employees.

The General Services Administration will partner with multiple agencies this year to assess, share and hire entry-level acquisition talent.

  • From the Front Line in Romania to Washington DC: Project HOPE Supporting the Refugee Crisis

    Conversations on Health Care hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter welcome Project HOPE’s CEO Rabih Torbay and Director of Emergency Response and Preparedness Tom Cotter, who joined the show from the field in Bucharest, Romania. They share the daunting task of providing extensive support and local training to the existing medical infrastructure in handling both the destruction of medical facilities within Ukraine and the millions of refugees in need of medical and behavioral health services as they arrive in neighboring countries. “These people have all experienced trauma,” Cotter said. They are training local laypersons in Psychological First Aid techniques to help the refugees transition to safety. Project HOPE is also keeping supply lines going into Ukraine with desperately needed medical supplies. “Even if this conflict ended tomorrow, the destruction will take years to rebuild,” Torbay said. They expect to be assisting in the region for a long time. And they continue to provide medical support in 30 countries around the world dealing with COVID-19, famine, and military conflict, with a particular focus on women and children’s health.

  • FDIC modernizing IT with business goals in mind

    FDIC Deputy Director of Infrastructure Services Isaac Hernandez said agencies cannot target modernization based on technology alone. As the banking industry changes to meet market demands, so too must the agency.

  • Open Season with Federal Insurers

    On FEDtalk this week, join host Tony Vergnetti for a discussion with the leading players in federal employee insurance. In our second annual Open Season show, the guests will cover life and healthcare insurance options…

  • Tools for Restoring Energy, Reducing Fatigue, and Overcoming Burnout

    Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Diane Gilman will discuss tools for restoring energy, reducing fatigue and overcoming burnout. Diane Gilman, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist and certified Integrative Medicine Mental Health Provider. Dr.…

  • VA not resting on laurels after nearly tripling and securing remote workforce

    If federal agencies were constantly on guard the past several years, as cyber-attacks grew in intensity and effectiveness, the past several months of the pandemic, has dumped fuel on that fire of fear and paranoia.

  • Unconventional cancer journey using diet and nutritional supplements

    Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Al Danenberg will discuss his unconventional cancer journey using diet and nutritional supplements. Dr. Danenberg, DDS, is a periodontist and was in private practice for 44 years, incorporating…

  • NAVSEA keeps work on ships, fleet moving amid social distancing

    Mike Sydla, the division director for Information Management Resources Logistics, Maintenance and Industrial Operations at Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, said keeping everything moving has meant embracing a new mindset but also keeping some workers in shipyards to continue fleet work.

  • Smooth switch to telework was years in the making

    IT Modernization became an even higher priority for federal agencies once COVID-19 landed on the United States like a ton of bricks earlier this year. Two people leading the IT Modernization charge in the nation’s capital can both be found at the Office of Management and Budget: Federal CIO Suzette Kent and Deputy Federal CIO Maria Roat.