The Resource Postal Service merit program should provide more incentive for improving performance : report to the Congress, by the Comptroller General of the United States

Postal Service merit program should provide more incentive for improving performance : report to the Congress, by the Comptroller General of the United States

Label
Postal Service merit program should provide more incentive for improving performance : report to the Congress
Title
Postal Service merit program should provide more incentive for improving performance
Title remainder
report to the Congress
Statement of responsibility
by the Comptroller General of the United States
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The Postal Service was a pioneer in implementing merit pay in the Federal Government. In 1972, it initiated its program to stimulate improved productivity by replacing the old, almost guaranteed, salary step increase system with one which evaluated employees and made raises contingent on performance. The Service has made many changes over the years to improve the program's soundness, and it has added several elements that are characteristic of an effective merit program. The Postal Service's size and the legislative mandates it must follow have made the transition to merit pay difficult. The GAO review of the fiscal year 1978 and 1979 programs indicated that more could be done to improve the program's administration. Appraisals and ratings have not always been accurate and fair assessments of employee performance, and the merit program has not been as effective as possible in rewarding and improving performance. Appraisals do not specifically or accurately describe performance results, because they are not adequately tied to duties and responsibilities or developed by using specific assessment criteria. Overall ratings are influenced by nonperformance factors, inadequately documented, and changed by managers above the employee's supervisor without adequate explanation. The supervisor-subordinate dialogue concerning the evaluation process has not been effectively carried out. Training is needed in how to carry out the evaluation process. Evaluation is needed to ensure procedures are appropriate and properly administered. The Postal Service's practice of awarding merit increases to low as well as high performers and providing general salary increases to all employees detracts from the recognition given to high performers and lessens the incentive for continued good or improved performance. For many employees, there is a long time between merit increases and the performance for which they were awarded. Employees at or above the maximum of their grade levels are ineligible for merit increases regardless of their performance
Cataloging source
AD#
Government publication
federal national government publication
Illustrations
forms
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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United States
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States Postal Service
  • United States Postal Service
  • Civil service
  • Performance
  • Civil service
  • Performance
  • United States
Label
Postal Service merit program should provide more incentive for improving performance : report to the Congress, by the Comptroller General of the United States
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Cover title
  • "Nov. 24, 1980."
  • "GGD-81-8."
  • "B-201030"--Preliminary page
  • G.P.O. sales statement incorrect in publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
v, 74 pages
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Hein Online
Other physical details
forms
System control number
  • (OCoLC)640401495
  • (OCoLC)ocn640401495
System details
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
  • System requirement: Adobe Acrobat reader
Label
Postal Service merit program should provide more incentive for improving performance : report to the Congress, by the Comptroller General of the United States
Publication
Note
  • Cover title
  • "Nov. 24, 1980."
  • "GGD-81-8."
  • "B-201030"--Preliminary page
  • G.P.O. sales statement incorrect in publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
v, 74 pages
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Hein Online
Other physical details
forms
System control number
  • (OCoLC)640401495
  • (OCoLC)ocn640401495
System details
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
  • System requirement: Adobe Acrobat reader

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