Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Astronology - Helicopter Parents Descending onto Your Organization

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Volume IX
Issue 20
December 2, 2008
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Fact or Fiction?
Do you think this is fact or fiction? - An Administrative Assistant racked up over $125,000 on her company card on personal purchases.
Fiction...sort of
The Facts:
An administrative assistant for Alza Corporation racked up over $325,000 debt on her company card for personal purchases...in only 10 months! Some of the purchases include:
- A 1968 Ford Mustang
- A 1969 Chevy Camaro
- Cosmetic surgery
- Cruises around Hawaii and Tahiti
- A granite kitchen countertop
- And more...for the whole scoop, BLR's article can be found here.

Situations like this stress the importance of having internal controls on the use of company credit cards, and communicating to employees on proper use of company credit. Do you have any employees like this one on your payroll?

Thanks for playing and we'll see you next time!
Helicopter Parents Descending onto Your Organization

parentsThe helicopter parent. In the past, the phrase may have been used in a whisper to describe parents who micromanage their children's lives from kindergarten until entering college. The phenomena of helicopter parents has become a significant workplace issue, particularly when hiring new employees. In some organizations, it is not surprising to find parents patiently waiting outside of an office while their adult child attends an interview. Some of these parents have even gone as far as calling managers in reference to performance reviews. To an HR professional, knowing how to properly handle this rising phenomenon can prove to be an arduous task. Where did these parents come from? How are other organizations dealing with this issue?...more

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