Why Unions Are Bad For Companies, Employees and Customers

If you have ever read my blog you know that I am no fan of unions. They may have had their place in the past but not in today’s world. I have mentioned in my blogs on EFCA (Employee Free Choice Act) that unions cost a company. Not just in direct costs, but in indirect …

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The Economy Is Affecting Everyone's Retirement

The stockmarket fall, the large numbers of layoffs, the dimishing values of our 401(k)s and pension plans is causing a lot of aging workers to put off their retirements. Certainly my wife and I have felt that way as have alot of our friends. (Yes we are Baby Boomers). But I did not realize how …

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Tidbits for the Middle of January

Listening to the radio this morning I picked up several tidbits of information for the day. First, according to SHRM (yes they made the radio news) 5% of companies are taking tomorrow’s inauguration day as a holiday. That is more than the number of companies that gave off election day. Second, according to radio show …

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The Value of That College Degree: Despite Economy Grads Doing Better

Everyone knows that the economy is tough right now. The U.S. DOL put out the report on jobless claims today and it shows that jobless claims rose (as reported in Yahoo! Finance news) reversing previous declines. Despite that the NACE reported that companies are hiring more graduates that in 2007 and, as reported on BLR.com …

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Worried Workers: What Bothers Your Employees?

An article in Staffing.org, on new Social Contracts, indicates that workers born in the 1980’s are very, very unsettled. According to Staffing.org’s reading of a Time/Rockefeller poll: 49% of them say America was a better place to live in the 1990s 46% say America is a lot less financially secure now than a decade ago. …

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Sign of the Times? Union Activity Rising?

As the U.S. economy slides employees feel the pressure on their pocketbook. So what do they do about it. They cut corners, they reduce the “extra” spending. But eventually they start looking for more money. One way of doing that is looking for a different job, though that may be problematic and a bit unsettling …

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"Survey Says": Well I Am Not Quite Sure!

Surveys come out everyday. We are a survey happy society (at least in the US). Seems sometimes we can only operate if we know what everyone else is doing. So here goes… A Hay Survey on the slowing economy reports that nearly 1/3 of the CEO’s and HR executives polled reported that they were freezing …

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Summer Jobs Will Be Hard to Find, Plus No Work Ethic

According to an article in the Atlanta Business Chronicle teens will have a tough time finding summer jobs this year as a result of the current economic situation. In a survey, conducted by SnagAJob.com, teens will have fewer opportunities and more competition for summer jobs. Many of the jobs that will be available will go …

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Performance Appraisal: "Your Performance is Going to be Terrible"

Imagine taking an employee aside and saying “All signs point to the fact that you are probably going to falter in your performance. You are going to be flat and it may take sometime for you to recover.” Then you publish it in his email everyday and you let everyone else in the company know …

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