Friday, March 30, 2007

How about 'dem perks?

On this Friday we go to the top place to work for in America, Google, and why they're number one:

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Let's Go To Boston

Boston is the place for Thursday's Astron Solutions blog as we look at the Boston Globe articles pertinent to HR...

First, an article about how business school is helping women rejoin the workforce: click here

Next, a column that says that today's work ethic just not longer works: click here

Lastly, an interesting article about the state's one-stop career center which offers training vouchers among other issues in this Q&A: click here

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Two for Tuesday

Astronology's Two for Tuesday goes to the New York Times

First saying that policies that bring dogs to the office may not always be a bad idea: click here

And next an interesting've earned a vacation but do you dare take it?: click here

Monday, March 26, 2007

Somebody's Got a Case of the Mondays...

If you have a bad case of the Mondays, we're here to try to cure it...

First, from Amy Joyce, a column about maternity leave and employers seeing opportunity to act: click here

The Washington Post talks about "welfare reform" for men in this article: click here

And, lastly, also from the Washington Post, an article about how resume lies can cost you dearly: click here

Friday, March 23, 2007

Using MySpace to Search Potential Employees

This is a very interesting Headline News report on YouTube (minus the audio being off) about using MySpace to look up potential employees. A good way to start your spring weekend:

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Passionate about your job

The Boston Globe starts us out on this Thursday with the edict that we should all reignite the passion about our job: click here

From the Washington Post an article about the uneasiness people have over legalizing workers and how businesses and unions are allying together (an odd alliance indeed) to try to stop it: click here

And lastly, from Wharton Business School, a continuation of one of our many stories here at the Astron Solutions romances: click here

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Hump Day

Happy Humpday! We'll celebrate today, on the first full day of Spring, with a cornucopia of articles...

First from the Kane County Chronicle, an interesting article about how multitasking can actually hurt a firm: click here

From the Worcester Business Journal, an article about how the labor department is encouraging firms to hire the disabled: click here

And lastly, from the Washington Post, word that the data security breaches we have seen recently have spurred new products to protect worker's identities: click here

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Two for NY

This Two for Tuesday goes to the New York Times...

First, the Career Couch Q&A tells you what to do if your manager is a bully (hint: you aren't helpless): click here

And the second article examines where the nonprofits turn for help: click here

Monday, March 19, 2007

Art of Persuasion

Amy Joyce starts us out on this Monday talking about business schools teaching more than saying please: click here

Also from the Washington Post, word that Atlantic City Casino Dealers have OK'ed a union which could have nationwide effects on casino workers: click here

From the Boston Globe, a Q&A that says to learn what you like in a job and keep it: click here

Friday, March 16, 2007

Credit Where Credit is Due

The Washington Post starts us off on this Friday with an article about a boss who steals his underlings' credit and how to get rid of that problem: click here

Also from the Washington Post, word that labor rights in Guatemala are aided by a little trade deal: click here

And, lastly, from PersonnelToday, an article about the construction costs at the London Olympics and how you can go about trying to avoid costs like these from accruing: click here

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Google and the USA

First on this Thursday, word from the Washington Post that Google is searches for government workers: click here

The Boston Globe's Ask the HR Expert takes on the question of full-time employment as well as other HR issues: click here

And lastly, an article about medical leave being under fire from businesses: click here

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Preserve Workers Choices

An interesting article which is a special to the Washington Post starts off our Wednesday with the plea to perserve real choice for workers: click here

From the Boston Globe a first-person story about how disappointment can have shades of success: click here

Also from the Boston Globe, an article about the word of the day in HR...fluidity: click here

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Moody in the Office

On this Two for Tuesday, the New York Times career couch says that their moods can cast an influence on the office: click here

And also from the New York Times, an interesting question: can your dog humanize your office? click here

Monday, March 12, 2007

Bringing Mothers Back From Leave

Amy Joyce of the Washington Post writes about developing maternity leave programs with an emphasis on that worker returning: click here

Also from the Washington Post, word that the unemployment rate has dipped to 4.5 %: click here

The Boston Globes ends this Monday with the revised definition of full-time employment: click here

Friday, March 09, 2007

When is it time for a promotion?

In this Q&A from the Boston Globe, the reader asks if seven months is the correct time: click here

The New York Times suggest to just use the web to get the boss to pay you more: click here

A controversial article to end the week about a group of Human Resources groups getting together to talk about defending the rights of legal workers in the US: click here

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Risky Business

The advice from the New York Times is not to panic if your employer is monitoring your e-mail, but they also say the risk is all yours: click here

Also from the New York Times, an article about how defining yourself as a consultant while going indepedent can be quite a challenge for some: click here

Lastly, an interesting story from the Boston Globe about seeing a former boss...and just letting them and the past pass by: click here

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Follow up from yesterday

While the Senate has voted to give airport screeners unionizing rights--as reported yesterday on this blog--they had to compromise in their final proposal to avoid a Bush veto as described here: click here

An interesting article from the Washington Post says that Japanese working women still serve the tea and discrimination still exists: click here

Lastly, the Boston Globe says to embrace insanity to survive: click here

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Word From Washington

The Washington Post has some great HR articles for you on this 2 for Tuesday

First, a report that the Senate has voted to allow airport screeners to unionize: click here

Another debate in Washington is on what to do with immigrants from Mexico and Mexico's President wants to keep them at home: click here

Monday, March 05, 2007

Making Up for Lower Pay

Word on a Monday from the Washington Post that lawmakers seek to expand insurance for wage drop-offs: click here

And some word on attracting talent, first from the Oakland Business Review: click here

And from the San Jose bizjournal, an article about attracting and keeping qualified workers: click here

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Weekend Fun

We're sorry we missed you yesterday but an internet glich left the blog unattended so you're going to get a Saturday surprise with three great articles:

First, word the manufacturing hiring is seen to be coming on strong in the next couple of weeks: click here

Next, from the Washington Post, an interesting article about when politicians salaries are the same, but their net worth is totally different and how this relates to common workplace situations: click here

And, lastly, more word on those office flings and flirts we've been talking about so much on our blog: click here

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Forecasting In Focus

The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) puts workforece forcasting in foucs: click here

Word from Mercer Human Resources Consulting, employers have become more generous with their 401(k) matching: click here

Lastly, a report from the Leading Indicator of National Employment (LINE) and SHRM that most employers plan to hire new employees in March: click here

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