Standards for public agencies

2020 Edition

Human Resources Management Introduction

Purpose

The agency's human resources practices attract and retain a competent and qualified workforce that is capable of supporting the agency's mission and strategic goals.

Introduction

Recruiting, developing, and retaining a competent, qualified, and committed workforce is essential to any high functioning public agency. Effective human resources practices ensure that the agency's workforce supports its mission and strategic goals, promote high levels of personnel satisfaction and retention, and establish a supportive culture and climate that maximize performance in order to achieve desired outcomes.

Interpretation

 
The term “personnel” covers full-time and part-time employees. Standards that apply to direct service volunteers and independent contractors specifically note their inclusion. COA does not include non-direct service, occassional, or casual volunteers in evaluating an agency’s human resources practices, but agencies should consider the benefits and risks associated with their role. 
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