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The Roles of Feedback, Autonomy, and Meaningfulness in Employee Performance Behaviors
This publication, building on previous MSPB research regarding employee engagement and motivation, presents selected data from our 2016 and 2010 Merit Principles Surveys (MPSs). It briefly discusses the roles of feedback, autonomy, and meaningfulness, and demonstrates their relationship to positive employee performance behaviors. More inside..
Improving Federal Hiring Through Better Assessment
The Federal Government has spent extensive time and resources trying to reform the hiring process, but little attention has been paid to how agencies determine which candidates are likely to best perform the job. This perspectives brief summarizes MSPB research on applicant assessment and identifies 10 factors for agencies to consider when investing in better assessment. It also discusses options available to make high-quality assessments more accessible, including the Office of Personnel Management's USA Hire program. More inside..
Update on Sexual Harassment
This Research Brief summarizes Federal employee perceptions of sexual harassment in the workplace, based on MSPB’s 2016 Merit Principles Survey and previous MSPB surveys. More inside..
Addressing Misconduct in the Federal Civil Service: Management Perspectives This document contains data from our recent survey of more than 10,000 Federal supervisors, in which we asked a series of questions about their experiences with the system for adverse actions in the Federal civil service and supervisors’ perceived ability to implement adverse actions for misconduct. When we asked supervisors the extent to which different factors might pose a barrier to removing an employee for misconduct, they perceived that the greatest barriers were: (1) the agency’s culture; (2) the degree of support received from higher-level managers; and (3) the quality of service from their human resources offices. One thing these barriers have in common is that they are largely in the control of the individual Federal agencies. More inside..

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