CivicPlus Blog

Boost Employee Success with an Employee Performance Management System

Posted by Kristine Rice

Jul 24, 2014 2:00:00 PM

In many situations, employees and managers don’t see the value of a quality performance management system. It can be viewed as a necessary task to be completed and is often obligatory and rushed through at year-end. These attitudes can impact the performance management discussion, resulting in a strained conversation that's uncomfortable for both the manager and the employee.

To make matters worse, this performance review experience can be impacted by the bias of the manager, especially when there is not an objective performance review system in place. Without specific performance review guidelines, a manager might complete the review based on an opinion of the employee, instead of looking at specific factors and data points that impact performance.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Topics: CivicHR

An Easy Way to Help Your Community Find Emergency Shelter Quickly

Posted by CivicPlus

Jul 23, 2014 8:43:00 AM

Can your citizens easily find where to go for shelter in an emergency? For medical attention?

As a community official, you want to rest assured, knowing your residents are safe. The CivicReady Shelter Management System is a simple new solution from CivicPlus. We've made it easy for you to provide up-to-date shelter information and availability to your community 24/7.

During an emergency, quickly locating a safe place is essential. Are you ready?

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Topics: CivicReady

Reaching Citizens with just One Click on Your Government Website

Posted by Lesli Keister

Jul 22, 2014 9:14:29 AM

Meet Vienna  - Vienna may be a suburb of Washington D.C., but when you enter this small tight-knit community, that’s easy to forget. Full of traditions, including an array of community-centered events, the citizens of Vienna are an active group known for their volunteerism, as well as a dedication to making their town a great community to live. Meanwhile, the Town of Vienna strives to provide high-quality services and amenities to their deserving population...making a functional, top-notch government website all the more crucial.

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Topics: local government websites

How Can Senior Citizens Serve Your Community? I Do It Locally

Posted by CivicPlus

Jul 17, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Celebrating retirees and other local heroes on your website is a great way to involve them and show your community spirit. Active citizenship is not only inspiring, it's contagious! At CivicPlus, we call our citizen feature, I Do It Locally. Here are our latest do'ers... a "doing duo."

Mary Joyce & Gary Stevenson of Osage Beach, MO are making the most of retirement by volunteering locally. They've found that giving back to their community is an enriching and fulfilling way to spend their time.

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Topics: I Do It Locally

Performance Based Hiring. Right or Wrong for Local Government?

Posted by Kristine Rice

Jul 16, 2014 2:30:00 PM

Traditional skills-based job descriptions are still being used by local governement organizations,yet these types of jobs descriptions are not as effective as they once were. If your recruiting efforts focus mostly on jobs with traditional descriptions, you could be missing out on the opportunity to hire an employee who is a close match for the job opening. On the other hand, using performance profiles allows you to take a closer look at the candidates to determine if they are right for the job. 

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Topics: CivicHR, Human Resources

How Can You Make Citizen Engagement Open and Easy?

Posted by Lesli Keister

Jul 15, 2014 10:52:00 AM

How do I ______?

Pay my parking fine? Register my new pet? Know my trash pickup day?

Welcome to Montgomery County, PA... where searching the county website is as easy as asking "How Do I?"

We all have questions. Having an easy way to answers citizens' questions – the way they ask them – is one of the many ways Montgomery County leaders are opening up to their residents with their website.

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Topics: civic engagement

4 Ways to Manage HR Records with One Solution – HRIS Portal

Posted by CivicPlus

Jul 11, 2014 11:00:00 AM

HR professionals have a lot to juggle.

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Topics: CivicHR

Evergreen Website Management – How to keep your website fresh and interesting

Posted by Lesli Keister

Jul 10, 2014 10:12:00 AM

There's still time to register for the July 16, 2pm CST webinar, Evergreen Website Management – How to keep your website fresh and interesting.

In this webinar you'll learn the secrets of:

  • how to conduct useful training, and how often
  • creating a schedule to review your content for relevance
  • leading an effective web team
  • conducting a check-up on your goals
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Topics: local government websites, website content, webinar

How to celebrate local heroes on your website: I Do It Locally

Posted by CivicPlus

Jun 24, 2014 10:44:56 AM

There are unsung heroes around every corner. Highlighting them on your website is a great way to show community spirit. We call our citizen feature, I Do It Locally

Anne Bracker of Lawrence, KS is one such community-minded do'er. After loosing her dad to cancer, Anne battled depression and could barely get out of bed. Today, she serves at a local shelter, realizing “that could easily have been me.” Told in her own words, Anne's story shows the importance of community and the difference having a support system can make.

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Topics: I Do It Locally

What Goes into Creating an Award-Winning Government Website?

Posted by CivicPlus

Jun 20, 2014 9:46:00 AM

Top-notch municipal websites are annually recognized by several organizations, chosen for the online communication and service they provide their communities. The sites that win awards combine quality service and information with eye-pleasing design and navigation. Let's take a closer look at some award-winning must-haves, compiled from several nationally-recognized award competitions. 

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Topics: website content, best practices