Future Friday: Just what is the “gig” economy and can you get into it?

There is still a lot of confusion, or at least different interpretations, of what the “gig” economy consists of and how many people participate. As a full-time and long-term participant of the gig economy, I watch this information with interested. A glamour picture I came across an article in Forbes called How To Make It …

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Future Friday: Are we moving to a less global world?

On November 7, 2016 I wrote a post for Blogging4Jobs called What Would HR Look Like In a Less Global World? In that post I wrote about the fact that there is a developing trend that indicates the world is moving away from the global “we are all one big world” view that has been …

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Future Friday: The Independent Contractor will NOT rule by 2020

I and numerous other people have written about the “gig economy”, “free agent nation” or whatever you want to call it, numerous times. As we get into 2016, and 2020 is a mere four years away, the likelihood of there being a major shift in the direction of a high percentage of independent contractors seems …

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A Message of Optimism at #SHRM13

  SHRM13 started with a keynote speaker that I have to admit I have never heard of. After learning more about him I am ashamed that I have not paid more attention to him. Fareed Zakaria is a journalist, editor and host of a CNN program and he delivered a message of optimism at SHRM13. …

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Shortage of Workers or a Shortage of Willing Employers?

  We have been hearing for a while that the jobs situation has become one, not of a shortage of workers, but rather a shortage of skilled workers. Just today I was listening to the radio and heard an advertisement for a local electrical company that is in such need of workers they are willing …

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5 HR Blog Posts You Should Read

Here is some of the reading that I am doing that I thought you should read too, 5 HR blog posts you should read. First up is Jon Hyman at the Ohio Employers Law Blog. He writes about  The NLRB’s dangerous course: arbitration waivers and protected concerted activity. For those of you that have arbitration …

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How to Stay Current in HR When You Are Not Currently In HR

  I attended an HR dinner meeting the other night and was sitting at a table with a former student of mine who mentioned she was attending the meeting despite the fact that she was out of HR for the time being and had no immediate plans to return. (She was enjoying her opportunity to …

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Changing Nature of Work and the Difficulty of Government Regulation

“Our basic assumptions about how work gets done are what’s changing. It’s less about having a fixed location and schedule and more about thoughtful and engaged activity.” This very thought provoking statement comes from an article by James H. Lee called Hard at Work in the Jobless Future and is found in the March-April of …

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Are Your Ethics Fixed or Situational?

Sitting around with several friends and fellow HR instructors at lunch we got into a discussion about ethics. The question we were exploring is whether ethics are fixed or situational.  It is a topic that we discuss in class with our students. The books make you thinks ethics in the workplace are hard and fast rules, …

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Facing Reality: A Lesson from Drucker

One of my favorite books is The Daily Drucker. The February 2nd entry is entitled Facing Reality. It is taken from his book called Managing in Turbulent Times, published in 1993, the wisdom is still very sound. In this excerpt he makes the comment “To manage in turbulent times, therefore, means to face up to …

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