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Beth Cobert: OPM Issues Personnel Mgmt Tools to Help Agencies Manage Employee Performance

Beth Cobert

The Office of Personnel Management has issued management tools in the form of instructive materials to help federal government agencies maximize employee performance and address cases of personnel misconduct.

Beth Cobert, acting OPM director, sent a letter Wednesday to agency chief human capital officers and human resources directors along with the “Managing Federal Employees’ Performance Issues or Misconduct” attachment to highlight tools available to managers and supervisors that oversee such personnel management tasks.

“Implementation challenges and misconceptions related to addressing employee performance and conduct get in the way of taking swift and appropriate action to manage individuals whose performance or conduct detracts from the accomplishment of an agency’s mission,” said Cobert.

Cobert added failure to address such employee performance or misconduct concerns can potentially impact the morale and productivity of other employees that look to help an agency meet its goals.

The guidance tool covers actions that can be taken to avoid performance or conduct issues, management of employee performance, suspensions, excused absences, performance deficiencies in the Senior Executive Service and disciplinary actions.

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