Jeff Neal

  • How long does it take to crush a federal employee?

    The federal workforce has been used as a political football for decades. But the fed-bashing has risen to unprecedented levels in recent years. While that kind of rhetoric may be useful in politics, it is destructive for governance and the people who make up our government, according to Jeff Neal, former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security and founder of the blog, ChiefHRO.com.

  • Performance management – Judge not, lest ye be judged?

    Plain old good manners tell us we shouldn’t go around judging people. But in the federal HR world, entire performance rating systems are built around judging others. Former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal says it’s time for agency managers to think differently about how they rate their employees.

  • In Depth Show Blog – August 28, 2013

    On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

  • Why performance ratings make my brain hurt

    Whether we admit it or not, most of today’s performance rating processes are designed to tell employees they are not as good as they think they are. But what effect does that approach have on people? Former DHS Chief Human Capital Officer Jeff Neal explains why he thinks the process is destructive and is in need of an overhaul.

  • Why do we bother with performance reviews?

    Current performance rating processes affect more than 1.8 million federal employees, cost a fortune, often harm morale and productivity, and generate few benefits. So, why do agencies do them, asks Jeff Neal, former CHCO at the Department of Homeland Security.

  • Shutdown roulette – what are the real effects on government?

    What will a government shutdown really mean for federal employees and government HR offices if it goes into effect next week? Advice from someone who knows – former DHS Chief Human Capital Officer Jeff Neal.

  • In Depth Show Blog – October 3, 2013

    On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

  • Shutdown: It will get worse before it gets better

    Think you’ve seen the worst effects of the government shutdown? Think again, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal. As time goes by, more people will be impacted.

  • Shutdown whack-a-mole and the interagency

    Opening some agencies while keeping others shut down is an unsustainable exercise, says Jeff Neal, former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security.

  • Shutdown: It ain’t over when it’s over

    Reopening the government isn’t going to be just like flipping on a switch. he repercussions of the shutdown will be felt for a long time to come.