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1st Edition

Practical Human Resources for Public Managers
A Case Study Approach

ISBN 9781315089560
Published September 25, 2017 by Routledge
219 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Employers face a myriad of issues when hiring: how to recruit, whom to select, how to interview, Equal Employment Opportunity policies, fair salary offerings, health issues, performance evaluations, behavior/disciplinary actions, turnover, and the list goes on and on. Practical Human Resources Management for Public Managers: A Case Study Approach provides insight into human resource trends and demonstrates how complex situations can be successfully managed by public sector practitioners. The authors take us step by step into the "real world" with examples of historical events that compare "What Happened" with "What Could Have Happened" as well as suggested readings for more in-depth analysis and important points to remember.

Exploring the space between theory and what actually occurs in the world, this book supplies instructional case studies based upon actual events. The authors introduce key human resources issues with clear, concise language and provide techniques to address these issues in a real-world setting. The case studies cover legal and liability issues, recruiting and hiring, employee performance, reward and discipline issues, retention, termination, workplace violence, mentorship, motivation, and managing through transitions.

The authors bring know-how from a wide array of working environments, including teaching and administrative experience in public universities and management in municipalities of various population sizes from a few thousand to more than a million. They have also worked in a variety of capacities within these organizations, which allow them to see different perspectives on how different departments handle similar situations. They use their from-the-trenches knowledge to explore pragmatic ways to deal with human resource issues in public sector workplaces.

Table of Contents

Legal Framework
Equal Employment Opportunity
Americans with Disabilities Act
Family Medical Leave Act
Fair Labor Standards Act
Sexual Harassment Issues
Case Study: EEO Issue
Recruiting Organization Employees
Case Study 1: Rebuilding an Organization
Case Study 2: Hiring and Recruitment Strategies
Selection of Employees in the Hiring Process
What does the Process Entail?
Position Differences
Hiring Process
Case Study: City of Badlands

Performance Evaluations for employees
Case Study 1: Performance and Skills Not as Advertised
Case Study 2: Handling a Mid-Manager
Case Study 3: Work Not Completed
Rewarding and Disciplining Employees
Case Study 1: Disaster at a Municipality
Case Study 2: Supervision over Difficult Co-Workers
Case Study 3: Smoking Policy
Case Study 4: Contending with Employee Reliability
Retaining and Dismissing Employees
Case Study 1: Reinstatement Issue
Case Study 2: Civil Service Employee Termination
Case Study 3: Violation of City Policy
Case Study 4: Terminated Employee Wreaks Vengeance

Violence in the Workplace, Hostile Work Environment and Contending with Mentally Ill Employees
Case Study 1: Dealing with an Unsafe Work Environment
Case Study 2: An Employee Gets Aggressive with Co-Worker
Case Study 3: Threatened Employees
Mentoring Employees in the Workplace
Case Study 1: How to Know When you are doing it Right
Case Study 2: Strategic Planning and Goal-setting with a Productive Purpose

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Dr. Valcik received his Ph.D. in Public Affairs from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2005. He has written municipal risk management policies for the City of McKinney, worked as a university recruiting analyst for Nortel Networks, and taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in human resource management for the Public Affairs program at The University of Texas at Dallas program since 2007. Dr. Valcik has worked as an administrator for The University of Texas at Dallas since 1997 and currently (2011) holds the position of Associate Director at the Office of Strategic Planning and Analysis.

Ted Benavides currently serves as a faculty member for the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences' Public Affairs Program. He has worked for the Fire Department of the City of Fort Worth, Texas where he was responsible for the administrative and budget matters. He also served as the City Manager of Denton, Texas where he supervised over a thousand employees. He worked for the City of Dallas, Texas for twenty-four years. He held a variety of professional and managerial positions which included budget analyst, capital budget administrator, assistant budget director, director in the Office of Budget and Research, assistant director of health and human services, assistant city manager and the city manager from 1998 to 2004.