The Federal Government will Become America's Model Employer for the 21st Century.
Recruit, Retain and Honor a World-Class Workforce to Serve the American People.
Find out more about Federal compensation throughout your career and around the world.
Staffing to align with your agency's mission
Review the new 2014 Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Handbook
Answering your questions about Healthcare and Insurance
Human Resources and Security Specialists should use this tool to determine the correct investigation level for any covered position within the U.S. Federal Government.
OPM’s Human Resources Solutions organization can help your agency answer this critically important question.
Developing senior leaders in the U.S. Government through Leadership for a Democratic Society, Custom Programs and Interagency Courses.
Visit this federal site to search for our regulatory notices, proposed and final rules.
See the latest tweets on our Twitter feed, like our Facebook pages, watch our YouTube videos, and page through our Flickr photos.
The first of four articles addressing performance planning
Five key components of effective performance management are planning, monitoring, development, assessment, and recognition. This article is the first in a series that addresses the first component: performance planning.
Performance planning means setting goals and determining what needs to be done to reach those goals. Consider the results of studies on goal setting as reported by Edwin A. Locke of the University of Maryland and Gary P. Latham of the University of Washington:
Study after study reveals that setting goals, measuring performance against those goals, providing feedback on goal achievement, and rewarding goal achievement improves performance significantly.
Goal setting improves performance through three major mechanisms:
Besides improving performance, setting goals for individuals and groups provides many other benefits:
Setting goals for individuals is an important key to improving performance, but setting goals for teams is essential to the success of the team. Because a team is defined as two or more people who must coordinate their activities to accomplish a common goal, by definition teams must have goals.