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Michael Chase, Executive Director, Human Capital, Defense Contract Management Agency, is trying to debunk the stigma that comes with the phrase "doing more with less." He believes that in this day and age, we have so much more to work with from a technology perspective, that having fewer employees isn't as bad as it sounds.
In this podcast, he outlines the key factors for success when managing human capital in a time of tightening budgets and decreasing workforces. He will speak about this topic further at the Human Capital Management Defense (HCMD) conference, taking place in March of 2012. Visit the website to learn more about the program.
HCMD: Honorable Juan Garcia on one of the Navy's strongest ever recruiting efforts & Wounded Warrior
Despite military teams being called upon to address a wider set of challenges and threats than ever before, the Navy has managed to run a tremendously successful recruiting effort, according to the Honorable Juan Garcia, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Manpower and Reserve Affairs.
“We’ve never had a recruit like this,” says Mr. Garcia. “There’s a six to nine month wait – we haven’t been here before.” What’s the key to the Navy’s recent recruiting success? In the below HCMD interview, Mr. Garcia gives insight into that question, and talks about the Wounded Warrior program, which is also forging ahead, gaining supporters and employing young veterans at a steady pace.
To hear more from Mr. Garcia, HCMD
Employee engagement and satisfaction is becoming ever more important as budgets tighten and staff may be asked to do more without seeing big pay increases. This means making sure personnel have a healthy work/life balance is crucial to retention, especially in an environment like the DoD, which typically offers attractive benefits. In this podcast, Pamela Budda, Telework Managing Officer for the DoD, talks about some of her strategies, what works and what doesn’t.
Pamela will speak at the HCMD conference, which will take place next year from March 12-15 in Arlington, VA. Please visit the website to learn more about the program.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has arisen as a leader in the federal government’s effort to adopt change and multi-generational hiring practices in attempts to ready itself for an influx of new employees as soon-to-be retirees exit the workforce, according to John U. Sepulveda, Assistant Secretary, Human Resources, VA.
In the below interview, Mr. Sepulveda talks about a multi-generational recruitment and retention plan put together by a taskforce which was developed to position the VA as a leader in change across government hiring. The plan just landed on Mr. Sepulveda’s desk the first week of January.
Also in the podcast, he addresses how the Change Academy is helping organizations understand the value of and necessity for change. At the Jack. C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma, patient care has improved significantly, in part due to a three-week training session where the Academy brought together nearly 1,100 employees to learn how to work with each other and move the center forward.
Here, listen to him discuss these and many other important aspects of hiring reform, shortening the process of government hiring, dealing with succession and the promise that new, young workers are bringing to the defense sector.