Summary of Managing Government Employees

How to Motivate Your People, Deal With Difficult Issues, And Achieve Tangible Results

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Managing Government Employees book summary
Achieve your government agency’s full potential: Be fair, be consistent, document thoroughly and set clear goals.


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Even within the labyrinth of a government agency, a good manager can inspire people and get great results. Stewart Liff draws on his 32-year government career to show you how to increase the productivity of your government agency or organization. For instance, he explains how managers’ fear of taking decisive action can cause government inefficiencies, particularly in maintaining a responsive workforce. Liff provides detailed descriptions of typical employment challenges and offers resolutions gleaned from his considerable experience. His approach enlivens what could easily be a dull lesson, particularly in regard to navigating labor issues. For government professionals in management and human resources, getAbstract recommends this clarifying, nuts-and-bolts guide to managing government employees.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How government practices differ from private business management;
  • How to set up a sound employee-appraisal system within a governmental workforce;
  • How to handle difficult government employees and;
  • How to deal with labor unions.


How Government Agencies Differ from Private Business
Government agencies are fundamentally different from private companies. Whereas private firms exist to make a profit, government agencies exist to execute the “mission” of serving people. Therefore, many people who choose to work for...
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About the Author

Stewart Liff has worked in the federal government for more than 30 years. He is the co-author of Seeing Is Believing.

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