• 07/16/2013 9:27 AM | Anonymous

    How to hire your next superstar

    Here are three crucial steps for adding value to your hiring process and improving your ability to find the best talent. From Ragan Communications

    How can you find that next all-star employee? Here are three crucial steps for adding value to your hiring process and improving your ability to find the best talent:

    • Strengthen your interviewing methods. Prepare a consistent written interview game plan to be used by each person conducting the interviewing for your organization. Before interviews, get together in teams and review each résumé, looking for any gaps or red flags that need to be resolved. Identify the values and behaviors of the best workers you currently employ, and probe candidates for those special attributes. Be careful not to monopolize the interviewundefinedyou shouldn’t spend more than 20 percent of the time talking; allow the candidate to speak the other 80 percent or more.


  • 07/03/2013 3:13 PM | Anonymous

    Jeannine Sargent recently received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Carolina chapter of the International Personnel Management Association (NC-IPMA) during the organization’s Annual Conference held in Raleigh. The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor given by the organization.


    Jeannine has been a member of NC-IPMA for more than 20 years and during this time she has worked diligently to help move the organization forward. She has served as a NC-IPMA Board Member, as the Audit Chair, Treasurer Elect, Treasurer, President Elect, President and also as Past President. She has also assisted with other committee efforts and has worked as a mentor and guide to several of the organization’s members.  


    In 2011 Jeannine planned the NC-IPMA conference, which was held locally at Great Wolf Lodge. She worked tirelessly to develop dynamic sessions that were both informative and appealing to NC-IPMA members. The conference received rave reviews and her conference format has been utilized at every conference since the 2011 Annual Conference.


    Over the past several years Jeannine has encouraged the organization’s leadership to embrace technologyundefinedand has introduced innovative ways to provide members with the tools and information needed to thrive in public sector human resources. She was instrumental in revamping the NC-IPMA website to make it more appealing and a useful resource for members. She also spearheaded the convenient on-line registration option for the NC-IPMA Annual Conferences. In addition, Jeannine instituted the NC-IPMA webinar series, hosting two informative webinars during her tenure as president.


    Jeannine initiated the NC-IPMA Public Service Project to offer assistance to those in need. This noble gesture has become an annual project that is conducted annually during the NC-IPMA annual conference. Since 2011, NC-IPMA has helped crisis assistance programs across North Carolina.


    In addition, Jeannine also instituted the NC-IPMA Presidents Council. Her goal for NC-IPMA Past Presidents is to set aside time each year to reflect on what has gone well and what the organization can do to continuously improve and keep the NC-IPMA chapter relevant. 


    Jeannine earned her graduate degree in Business Administration from the McCall School of Business at Queens University in Charlotte. She has been Human Resources Director for the City of Concord for more than nine years and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR) and is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP).  Jeannine is a shining example of a public sector Human Resources professional and has proven to be an asset to North Carolina IPMA.

  • 02/01/2013 12:00 AM | Anonymous
    Human Resources Has It's Annual Checkup

    March 20 - March 22

    Marriott Raleigh City Center
    500 Fayetteville St.
    Raleigh, NC 27601

    Click here to download a conference brochure
    Click here to register using our convenient online registration (credit card required for online registration)

    If you do not have a credit card please download a registration form. Mail your registration form along with a check payable to NC-IPMA to:

    c/o Leisa Cox, Conference Registrar
    City of Asheboro
    Human Resources Department
    225 E. Academy St.
    Asheboro, NC 27203

    For additional information concerning registration, please contact Leisa Cox at 336 629-2037 or via email at

  • 01/29/2013 2:18 PM | Anonymous

    Save the Date!!



    Human Resources Has its Annual Checkup

    NC-IPMA 2013 Spring Conference

    March 20-22, 2013

    Marriott Raleigh Center City

    Raleigh, NC

    Additional information coming soon!!!

  • 12/27/2012 3:47 PM | Anonymous
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    Hiring a new employee should fill a clearly defined need in your organization. To pin down what you’re looking for, identify three key aspects of the job. More

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  • 12/03/2012 12:54 PM | Anonymous
    As a manager, you’re the leader of a team, but you’re also a member of the team. Your job is to be the best teammate you can, inspiring other employees to follow your behavior. Follow these guidelines to become a role model for positive performance: More

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    Like any other employers, local governments are preparing themselves for full implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the coming year, weighing their options about improving health coverage for employees or letting their workers test the private markets on the health insurance exchanges. The federal health care reform law takes full effect in 2014, when Medicaid is expanded and the exchanges open for enrollment. In the meantime, the most important task for local government officials might be reading up on all of the law's provisions, according to surveys conducted by the International City/County Management Association.  more
  • 09/06/2012 10:21 AM | Anonymous
    From Ragan's HR Communication

    Fear can poison motivation in your workforce, and not even your most talented people are immune. Aside from the obvious (layoffs, bankruptcy, or other disasters), your workers are probably worried about a variety of threats from both management and their own colleagues.
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