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The National Association of State Personnel Executives provides a collaborative forum for State HR leaders to share effective leading practices.

Which of YOUR PROGRAMS will you nominate for the
2018 NASPEs Awards?


These awards highlight the innovative leadership practices either with an individual’s lead or with a cutting-edge program. The NASPEs winners are recognized during the NASPE Annual Meeting each summer.

Click here to read more about the program and to start your application today.

Nomination Deadline is April 6, 2018


Get ready for State Employee Recognition Day May 9, 2018

March to-do list
‡ Issue Governor’s Proclamation.
‡ Finalize details of proclamation signing ceremony and awards ceremony or another event, if planned.
‡ Finalize copy and design for payroll message, letters to the editor, banners, flyers, ads, billboards, press releases, public service announcements, and any other promotional strategies.

A full planning guide is available here.


 State Human Resources Directors Seek to Address Workforce Challenges

Focus groups explore policies to help find and keep quality workers

To learn more about the viewpoints of state HR directors, The Pew Charitable Trusts partnered with the National Association of State Personnel Executives to hold focus groups with association members in early 2017 in Washington, D.C. The 19 participants came from 18 states; all held senior human resources positions in their state’s government. The discussions concentrated on the major workforce challenges facing state governments, including how to appeal to and engage younger workers and the role that retirement benefits play in recruitment and retention. The HR executives talked about the resources they need to be successful and the strategies they use to meet their states’ staffing needs.

Among the key findings:

  • Compensation levels pose a major challenge to recruitment and retention, particularly for in-demand expertise in fields such as information technology and health care.
  • Younger workers are seen as placing greater importance on quick career advancement, professional growth, public service, community, and work-life balance than do prior generations.
  • Retirement plans may not initially attract most workers to public service, but these benefits can help retain older workers and those with longer tenures.
  • Providing more financial education, savings portability, and worker control over investment choices are ways to make retirement benefits more attractive to employees, but the executives raised concerns about the efficacy of each concept.

Read the full issue brief here.

Governing Webinar: How Back-Office Modernization Can Transform Human Capital Management in State & Local Government

Back-office tasks like human capital management (HCM) consume large amounts of budget and time — especially when legacy IT systems are involved. As a result, human resources professionals often get bogged down with inconsistent, paper-based processes that make it difficult for them to focus on their core missions. But back-office modernization, including cloud-based HCM systems, can help government agencies increase efficiency, save money, improve decision-making and better serve citizens.

  • How back-office modernization can automate manual tasks and workflows to help HR professionals provide more value 
  • How organizations can use cloud-based HCM to optimize day-to-day decisions and offer a more streamlined experience to their workforce
  • How modernizing the back-office can also help government agencies transform employee recruitment and retention, financial management and more.

Joyce Oreskovich
Director, State of Maine Bureau of Human Resources

Laura Glass
Senior Advisor, HCM Product Management Team, Infor

Julia Burrows — Moderator
Director, The Governing Institute

If you'd like to view the recorded session or pass the link along to any colleagues that you might feel would be interested as well, access the session here:


States are hiring veterans

Veterans who are disabled, who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over others in hiring for many state government jobs. 


State Government Employment Data

Governing has presented the U.S. Census Bureau's state government employee data in a very intuitive and useful way.Data can be manipulated in a variety of parameters and formats - click here to check it out.

An HR Expert's Dos and Donts of Managing

Joyce Oreskovich

"I really think we’re making too much of the generational differences," says Joyce Oreskovich, the current president of the National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE) and director of the Bureau of Human Resources in Maine.

She's worked in HR for years and is full of advice for state and local governments trying to attract and retain the best and the brightest. Governing spoke with her to get some of it.

See the full article here:




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