Who is responsible for your career?

I was reading an article that appeared in an online newspaper called Vox. The article, I spoke to hundreds of American men who still can’t find work, written by Andrew L. Yarrow, took the tack that many men are unemployed because of “society.” As I read the article example after example talked about men who …

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Future Friday: Will Universal Basic Income come to be?

As people talk about the increased use of technology, especially automation and robotics that will replace workers, they point out that if people are out of work they will not be making any income. This will not allow them to afford the basics of life, let alone the increased leisure time they will have as …

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Is Sexism at work in the Labor Market?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced some interesting unemployment figures the other day. They announced that the rate of unemployment for men has dropped below that of women for the first time since 2006. Is this evidence of sexism being in action in the workplace? The Facts The unemployment rate of men in October was …

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"Hire One" Program in Atlanta A Model of Success in Improving Employment

Yesterday I discussed the gloomy employment picture in my home state of Georgia. I mentioned that there was a bright spot that I wanted to talk about. It is called the “Hire One” programand it is a model of success that other metro areas can use as a model for building employment. The initiative is …

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Strategic Knowledge: Hidden Unemployment and Its Impact

I taught a SHRM prepartion class on Saturday to a new group of students. The first module discussed in the prep course is on Strategic Managment. Part of this discussion centers around environment scanning and one of the areas that all good HR pros should pay attention to is what is currently happening with the current workforce. …

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Your Skills Are Obsolete and Now We Cannot Hire You: A Proposed Solution

A New York Times article published Friday July 2nd, entitled Factory Jobs Return, but Employers Find Skills Shortage, it was pointed out that many factories are in a hiring mode again. They are ready to restaff and get production cranked up. So what is the problem? Just call back those folks laid off a year or …

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Unemployment Benefits Bill: FAIL

I don’t often talk about politics. I find that, like religion, you are not going to change someone’s mind. And I am not really talking about a political view. I am talking here about the political process. The politicians in Washington, on both sides, seem to be unable and unwilling to concentrate or focus on …

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The Great Sex Divide in Unemployment and Retraining

The current unemployment situation, 10% or more of the population being unemployed, has made apparent a divide between genders. The Department of Labor for Georgia reports that 58% of the people collecting unemployment are men. Part of the reason for this is that much of the job loss has occurred in manufacturing and construction where …

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Working Women: US, Russia and Iran and a Side Note on Unemployment

The title of this piece is long and the thought for it comes from my radio listening. In the U.S. we are lucky to have a system of law, and for the most part a social acceptance, that allows women to do most any work they wish to do. Certainly there are some sticking points …

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