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By Phil Piemonte

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Cart before horse …

Some of the comments on the recent “HR, heal thyself” post bring up an interesting point: Ambitious new initiatives (HR or otherwise) sometimes are planned and launched without anyone giving enough thought as to whether staffers have the skills and training to execute those initiatives.

We’ll bet there are a lot of feds out there who have experienced the same sort of thing at their agency: That is, being assigned a totally different and new task that they've never been trained to do.

But we’re also wondering whether it’s a phenomenon that spikes shortly after a new crew (Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, etc.) comes in and decides to “reinvent” government.

Any good stories out there?

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Aug 20, 2010 at 12:13 PM


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Reader comments

Tue, Aug 24, 2010

this is so true so many times employees come into the job as supervisors or overhead and know nothing about the position or the job to be done I haven't ran into any newcomers that knew the job before they came this includes employees supervisors managers or Directors so you really have no one to back you it is usually the employee doing the work which is overlooked and they are the one who knows what the job entails

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