The Foreign Service Journal, April 2024

Cover 1
Contents 5
Focus on Workplace Well-Being 26
Straight from the Source—Office of the Ombuds Takes on Bullying at State 26
Setting the Table for Inclusion: Five Things Leaders Can Do to Interrupt Toxic Behaviors 30
Feature 33
First-Generation Professionals: Another Dimension of Diversity 33
FS Heritage 38
The Department of State’s Reception Centers: Back to the Future 38
Retirement Supplement 54
Life After the Foreign Service 54
Perspectives 7
President’s Views—Hope for Resolving Workplace Conflict 7
Letter from the Editor—From Bullying to Happiness 9
Speaking Out—The Surprising Secret to Powerful Leadership 23
Reflections—Get That Man a Chair 72
Local Lens—Kathmandu, Nepal 74
Departments 10
Letters 10
Letters-Plus 13
Talking Points 17
Books 63
Marketplace 66
Real Estate 66
Classifieds 70
Index to Advertisers 71
AFSA News 43
On the Road with AFSA’s President 43
Centennial Writing Competition Winners 43
State VP Voice—Implementing the NDAA 44
USAID VP Voice—It’s Past Time to Stop the Bullying 45
Retiree VP Voice—Two Quirks in Federal Retirement Benefits 46
Of Special(ist) Concern—AFSA Advocates for FS Specialists 47
2023 AFSA Treasurer’s Report 48
AFSA Governing Board Meeting, February 21, 2024 48
AFSA Meets with Employee Organizations 49
AFSA Welcomes Newest FS Members 50
LM Shows the Love 50
First Happy Hour of the Next 100 Years 51
Save the Date—AFSA’s FS Day Programming 51
Consult AFSA’s Tax Guide Online 52
Seeking Employment Verification? 52
AFSA’s Good Works: Constructive Dissent Awards 53