Friday, December 28, 2007

End of the Year Data

Making up for lost time and articles and catching you up on the happenings of 2007...

CNNMoney and Fortune write that jobless claims are higher than analyst forecasts: click here

Also from CNNMoney and Fortune is word that the writer's strike has been crippling small business: click here

Next, from MSNBC, courtesy of the Associated Press, word that health insurance has jumped twice past inflation: click here

Lastly, the Christian Science Monitor, word that ethical infractions are back to pre-Enron levels: click here

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Back from the Holidays

Sorry about the layoff...but we're back with a lot of articles for you:

First, from the Tennessean, advice (which may be a bit belated) on how to survive the office party: click here

From Federal Computer Week, word that the USPS is consolidating their Human Resource system: click here

Next, from HR Daily Adviser Business and Legal Report, an article about laughing your way to wellness: click here

Also from HR.BLR, an advice column that tells you the things to never put into a job description: click here

From the Fresno Bee, tips for the HR personnel in the hot seat of the witness box: click here

Lastly, eight signs from Computer World that it's time to look for a new job: click here

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Talking About the Past

Diversity Inc. ends our recent theme about leaving jobs with some advice about how to answer the interview question of "why did you leave that last job"? click here

Next, Human Resource Executive Online has a review of what happened in the year 2007 in the world of Human Resources: click here

We also have an article from Smart Money that Facebook profiles can spoil job searches for some people when HR professionals do background checks (a past Astronology topic): click here

The New Jersey Star-Ledger says that staffing during the holidays can often be a slippery slope: click here

Lastly, from, word that changes are coming for military pay systems: click here

Monday, December 17, 2007

Two Weeks Notice?

No, we're not talking about the Sandra Bullock/Hugh Grant movie: click here

But like the movie, it can also be a bad idea although it seemed so good in your head (this author has never seen the movie, but can just imagine...and the Roeper of Ebert & Roeper says "This thing works on no level whatsoever for me." That doesn't seem like too good of a review...)

Anyways...Two Weeks Notice is the general way of quitting in many businesses, but there can be times it's a really bad idea...

This article in the Wisconsin Technology Network says that two weeks notice went out of style with nickel beers: click here

This article asks what happens when you give two weeks notice and the employer tells you that two weeks is too many?: click here

HRMagazine says to make sure that the way your company treats departing workers is good for business and for those remaining: click here

This Yahoo! Question asks what are the ramifications of releasing someone before the two weeks are up: click here

Saturday, December 15, 2007

How to Say Good-bye

Although the temptation may be out there to leave a job like Tom Cruise's character famously did in Jerry Maguire, the key is to say good-bye in the right way.

Even though you may have felt wrong or slighted or have all the reason in the world to tell your old boss off, don't do it. Similarly, if you're an HR professional, an employee leaving may feel like the right time to tell them how you REALLY feel about them; don't do it.

If you feel you have something appropriate and constructive to get off your chest, by all means do it, but do it in a good, respectful way. Even if it's very, very far from it, make it seem like it was your problem instead of the other person's. And by all means, if you're going to go out there and tell someone off, try not to drag anyone else under the bus.

Employment Search Guide says that when leaving a job, do not burn bridges: click here

The Boston Globe (with credit to answers in this Q&A that how you leave the old job is as key as finding the new one: click here

More on this to follow....

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Strike 3

The Baseball Analogy is key today on the day of the Mitchell Report release which tells you not to turn a blind eye on bad things going on within your organization....

First, on our strike theme, the Christian Science Monitor has an article about France and Germany swapping Strike Tactics: click here

Also from CS Monitor, word that workplace attitudes are changing to include more "face time": click here

Lastly, from Systematic HR, a resource for recruiters and applicants alike: a recruiting cheat sheet: click here

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Leaving a Job

We'll be doing a few articles this week about leaving a job...

The first is about when to leave? Is it worth working to the last possible second? Is it good to get a little vacation time in there before you start? When should you give your notice? gives some advice about resigning from your job: click here

But the key is to understand that you probably won't be able to take off time right when you start your new job so if you elect for time now vs. waiting until the last second, you may want to aim for resigning sooner.

Evil HR Lady gives some advice in this article: click here

The key, she says, is to quit when you have another job lined up. The key is definitely to have a job lined up, but if you are truly miserable, let your superior know that...there may be a way to solve that within your own organization through a move within the organization or maybe a changing of responsibilities or maybe being able to talk to someone about the problems you are having with them.

The HR Capitalist has some advice about when and how to have someone leave once they resign: click here

More coming in the next post....

Monday, December 10, 2007

Small Biz Healthcare Reform

First, from CNNMoney and Fortune Small Business, word that the Senate is considering small business healthcare reform: click here

From Business Week, an article about Asia's hunger for management talent: click here

Lastly, from the Wall Street Journal's CollegeJournal, a column in their On The Job section of when performance reviews don't meet potential: click here

Sunday, December 09, 2007

It's Holiday Time

Happy Holidays to everyone (Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Bodhi Day, Winter Solstice, Festivus, and whatever other holiday you celebrate)...

In the spirit of the holidays, we have an article starting you off from the New York Times about the office party being a tightrope walk: click here

The Associated Press on Google News has word on the government revising rules on illegal immigrants and the employers that get penalized: click here

CNNMoney has a report on the economy that says that jobless claims have dipped and indicators have shown slow growth: click here

The Vault Blog has advice for both sides when an interviewee is rejected: click here

From HR Matters and HR Answers an article about health obligations under the FMLA: click here

Also, from the same source, a Q&A about pregnancy leave when not covered by the FMLA: click here

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Happy're fired!

The Washington Post reports that amazingly 200,000 Pentagon employees may be fired just in time for the holiday season: click here

The New York Times Career Couch talks about hobbies being rich in psychic rewards as well as a few other topics in this Q&A: click here

Lastly for our Wednesday, Human Resource Executive Online has an article titled "HR On Trial": click here

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

De Paris

Women and Minorities Targeted to Fill Executive Suites, According to International Executive Search Organization

Industry Experts Recently Met in Paris to Discuss the Anticipated Executive Shortfall Crisis Throughout the World Due to Baby Boomer Retirement

PARIS – Women and minorities are the coveted demographic for executive search firms throughout the world to help meet the critical talent shortage at the top due to Baby Boomer retirement, according to industry experts who recently met in Paris to discuss this burgeoning issue.

More than 50 delegates from IMD International Search and Consulting, an organization of boutique executive search firms with locations in 25 countries across Europe, the Americas and Asia, gathered for a biannual conference in Paris in late November, where they discussed the phenomenon.

“In terms of age, origins, gender… there is a need to open the doors to new profiles and how organizations will manage to deal with the problem,” said Albert Hiribarrondo, chairman of the IMD International board, representative from France and managing partner of Sirca/IMD.

As the critical talent shortage worsens and nearly 80 million Baby Boomers in North America alone enter their retirement years, executive search leaders from throughout the world discussed the pressing question: Who will take their place in the executive suite?

“We must find ways to bring more women and minorities into management ranks, mentor them and give them the ability to then rise in upper management positions. Again, 30 percent of the current executive suite will be retiring within five years, it is a huge percentage, and we don't have anyone replacing them,” said Thomas Fuller, one of IMD International’s seven board partners, director of the Americas and general managing partner of Epsen Fuller/IMD based in New York.

The Paris conference included a dual celebration and gala dinner in honor of IMD International’s 35th anniversary and the 30th anniversary of the host firm, Paris-based Sirca/IMD.

The critical demand for senior level executives led these industry thought leaders to meet and discuss how the corporate world will deal with changing demographics, organizational transformation, talent acquisition and diversity in the executive suite.

“To win the talent war we need to explore targets previously untapped. One of the largest targets is the female in management. Only two percent of the CEOs in the UK are female,” said Sherilyn Shackell, CEO of Highfield Human Solutions/IMD of the UK, and IMD Board partner.

“There must be an evolution in minds, in families and in society. Mothers must educate their daughters and tell them that things are open for them. The first step is the awareness that things have to change in order to tap into this phenomenal potential. My daughters grow up with this belief that they can behave the way men do, expect what they do, and be just as influential,” Shackell added.

Just 10 of the CEOs among the Fortune 500 companies were women in 2006, and only 20 Fortune 1000 companies had women as their leaders.

“Japan is notorious for not promoting ladies,” said Katsusuke Yokota, executive managing director of Human Associates in Japan. “Nevertheless, more talented women are now joining international companies that treat them more and more equally.”

While the lack of women at the top was echoed by the IMD partners from Italy, Japan, Korea and Germany, others said the trend seems to be moving toward more females in the executive suites in Spain, Denmark and Mexico. In Finland, the numbers are equal.

“In Finland women are considered as equal. Lots of money is put into the education system, in society it is normal that men help at home, but we still don't have enough women at top management positions, maybe because women are different in their behavior, they are not into competition as much as men, a female network is mostly composed of females,” said Mimma Silvennoinen, managing partner of IMS Talent in Finland.

At the Paris conference, IMD International announced the launch of a new global survey, “The Changing Face at the Top,” which will be released at its spring 2008 conference in New York as a follow up to its 2005 survey, “Mobility of Managers.” The survey will poll senior executives from the global 1,000 companies.

The baby boom generation is generally defined as the population born between 1946 and 1964. Employees in this demographic group range in age from 43 to 61, and are expected to begin leaving the workforce in 2008, as the first wave of boomers turn 62.

Paris was selected for the conference because IMD International’s Paris office, Sirca, is celebrating its 30th anniversary and because of the city’s location at the center of Europe, where growth due to a robust economy is forcing corporations to confront the challenge of attracting talent to the executive ranks in the face of the world’s fast-changing demographics.


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Monday, December 03, 2007

Embracing HR Executives

Human Resource Executive Online starts us off with an article about embracing HR: click here

Human Resource Executive Online then has an article about the most admired companies for HR: click here

Lastly, following our strike theme, the Washington Post has word that Jay Leno will pay the salaries of the laid-off workers: click here

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Welcome to December

We're in our last month of December but we're not slowing down with our blog articles...

First, on our theme of the recent strikes, word from the Washington Post that the democrats have canceled a debate over fear of the writer's strike: click here

Next, from the Kansas City Star, some advice about the difficult task of testifying: click here

Lastly, from the Franchise Business Opportunities weblog, word about HR for franchises: click here

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Strike Out

Updating on our previous Astronology and blog posts, the Broadway strike is now over.

And, as written by the New York Times, both sides were just trying to get across the message that they wanted to be taken seriously: click here

And then, there's this:

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

HR Theory In the Blogosphere

This is how the blogosphere and 2.0 work...this video is from, was posted on YouTube and we found it on Scorecard Metrics for HR under the title: "What HR must be (in theory)...enjoy:

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

You're Fired...Wait...You're Hired

Michael Scott: I think the main difference between me and Donald Trump is that I get no pleasure out of saying the words "you're fired." "You're fired." Oh, "you're fired." He just makes people sad. And an office can't function that way. No way. "You're fired." I think if I had a catchphrase it would be "you're hired, and you can work here as long as you want." But that's unrealistic, so.

This quote is from NBC's The Office and seems to be ridiculous until you look at the hiring/firing practices of some firms recently. It seems like too often people get hired/fired willy-nilly in a company based on two factors:

We're doing well....HIRE!
We're doing poorly...FIRE!
We're doing well again...REHIRE!

Well that's how Circuit City is running things according to BloggingStocks as they are asking workers who they had previously fired if they want their jobs back: click here

As the blog correctly points out, it seems sort of crappy to fire someone and then hire them back at the busiest shopping time of the year as a temporary employee. What's even crappier (and not mentioned in the article) is that Circuit City decided to fire many of these employees because they were senior people making more how about going back and working for the people who were working under you before...

Now THAT sounds like a great offer.............NOT (Borat style)

Jim Stroud points out in his blog that a similar thing happened to 7000 employees in China who were told to resign and then reapply for their jobs: click here

On other news, the Boston Globe/ Hiring Hub HR Blog, talks about opening up on the subject of pay (which, from what we have just written, will probably get you fired and then rehired): click here

On that same theme, we have a blog entry from Gabriel on the wide gap between theory and practice in Human Resources Management: click here

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Gobble, Gobble --- HR Style

We start on this Thanksgiving with an article from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) that says that many workers are not taking off during the holiday season: click here

Next, from HR Business and Legal Reports (HR.BLR), we have a question of whether Thanksgiving should be a time to think about wellness and weight loss: click here

Lastly, from the Boston Globe Hiring Hub HR blog, a Thanksgiving thought that we all need to dream: click here

Happy Thanksgiving from Astron!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Astronology Updates

On this Astronology Tuesday (if you're not signed up already for the weekly updates, check out the link on the right to do so), we'll update you here on the blog about what we wrote 2 weeks ago in Astronology...

According to DowJones and CNN, 300 CBS News writers have been authorized to strike against the network joining their brethren of the Writers Guild of America: click here

The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette reports that SNL and 30 Rock aired on Saturday...but it was a private airing (while reruns ran on TV) to benefit the Writers currently on strike: click here

The New York Times says that the economic cost of the Broadway strike is estimated at $2 million per day: click here

This is going to become especially pressing as families come to visit for the holidays...

Lastly, the Express and Star says that the taxi strike fever has the UK: click here

Monday, November 19, 2007

Not A Normal Monday

This was not a normal Monday with a shortened week to look forward to...but we still have a full docket of articles (one more, even) to start off your week...

First, the Washington Post says that if you don't get a raise after asking, be upfront and ask why: click here

From the Boston Globe, word about firms getting innovative with their wellness programs: click here

This blog quoting a Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) study says to watch out for depression in the workplace: click here

Lastly, from Fast Company, ten signs that your manager may be incompetent: click here

Friday, November 16, 2007

Everybody's Working for the Weekend

Working for the weekend. As the days get shorter and shorter, this will become more and more of a problem at many companies. Like Friday's during the summer, where employees count down the afternoon minutes until they can jump into their cars and head to the beach, we're about to get to that time of year where by 4 PM it's pitch black out and worker's can't wait to get started with their weekends.

So why only have Summer Fridays in the summer? Why not make Winter Fridays? With days short, why not give worker's a chance to escape the dreary Friday nights earlier. Like Summer Fridays, workers look outside the window wanting to know why they aren't out there and enjoying the weekend a little earlier. Production drops. Make it a half day and take those 4 hours and stick them on the end of the other 4 days of the week. If you need to come up with a good excuse for why you are doing this, tell them you need to let employees go early for Shabbat or for Holiday Shopping or because Santa is in town.

On to our links for the day...

If you wanted to do Winter Fridays and just have workers work at home on Friday instead, the Wall Street Journal's CareerJournal has some good news for workers who want to telecommute: click here

From, more than 100 ways to calculate what your salary should be: click here

From the Indianapolis Star, an article about five rewarding HR jobs: click here

And lastly, from the Boston Globe's HR blog, a book review on a new book addressing employee and corporate malaise: click here

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

All Talk, No Game

This article is a little different on the "all talk, no game" attitude we talked about yesterday...this one from the Kansas City Star talks about how companies talk about talent loss--but then don't do much to stop it: click here

From The Globe and Mail in Canada, an interesting article about how employment milestones are both good and bad: click here

Lastly, from Livingston Daily, brought to you by Press & Argus, a story of a human resources professional who "lives to give" (picture on the right): click here

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Salary Negotiations...When You Don't Make a Salary

On a recent episode of NBC's "The Office", Michael Scott took a second job as a telemarketer. In this position he had a salary that was drawn against commission. Now how exactly do you perform salary negotiations in this case? Obviously, your salary will be small to create as little overhead for your boss. And in many of these jobs, your boss will come to you with comments like: "well, I expect you to make $100,000...".

The key is to make it seem like you both are in the same boat. If he feels that you will make $100,000 on commissions, and let's say your commission rate is 1/3 of the fee, then he should expect to make $300,000. If he gives you an advance salary of $60,000 to be drawn against commission, and you fulfill this, he's made $300,000. Let's say you fall 40% short of that $100,000...he still gets back his $60,000...and then another $180,000 on top of it. Even if you fall 60% short of that $100,000 (and, therefore, make $40,000 in commissions), he would still walk away with $100,000 ($120,000 in fees - $20,000 in overhead due to advance not covered by commission). His break-even point (for you math majors is 3x-[$60,000 - x]=0) between making money and the overhead of your advance is if you only make $15,000 in commissions. Now, if that was the case, he would have been off by 85% on his "prediction".

So what do you say? Probably not "put your money where your mouth is" or "put up or shut up"...though you make think it. Link it back to a performance/incentive argument. "Well, I believe I can make $100,000 just as you do. So I think that we should tie our incentives together. I propose an advance of $60,000. Here is the math I've done on the issue (show math from above) and the worst case scenario for you would only occur if I made less than $15,000--I mean, do you really think I'll fall 85% short of both our expectations? I think if we put the advance higher, it will give me more security, but incentive to go the extra distance to get to that $100,000 plateau and it will give you the incentive to help me get there. We are a team and I want to see what's best for this company...let's accomplish that together."

I can't say whether it will work or not...but it's a whole lot better than "put up or shut up"

Monday, November 12, 2007

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

Figured that headline would catch your attention...

The first article of the day comes from CNN Money--via PR Newswire--via Careerbuilder and shows a study from Careerbuilder in which nearly one-third of workers admitted they called in sick with fake excuses in the last year: click here

The HR Web Cafe talks about workplace violence and HR's role in response to the Crandon shooting: click here

Also about the Crandon shooting, the Small Business Times gives their opinion that maybe we should be brave about stopping violent issues before they even get started: click here

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Adding a Clinic

We're catching up with you here at Astron Solutions' blog...

First, from the Indianapolis Star, an article about a company adding a clinic to their list of benefits: click here

Next, from, a list of a few common human resources personnel issues: click here

Lastly, from LinkedIn, an interesting question about what are the "best business practices" for Human Resources Management: click here

What would you answer for that?

Thursday, November 08, 2007

What Is The End Goal?

To continue the thoughts of yesterday...

High School: So we work our butts off, do every extra-curricular activity from student government to tutoring to Habitat for Humanity to volunteering at a soup kitchen to Model UN (and on, and on), and take every Honors, International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) class we can just so we can get into the college of our choice. In AP classes we learn nothing but what will be on that AP Test at the end of the year and don't care to advance much past that for fear that our brains might push out some knowledge that might be on the DBQ section of the test. And in addition to the mindless AP Test--which becomes total memorization--we sit down with a tutor, Kaplan/Princeton Review class, practice tests, and workbooks and try to memorize every vocabulary word under the planet and go through every possible math equation that could be on the dreaded SATs or SAT IIs or ACTs (I will never forget Distance=rate*time after the SATs). We visit schools, go on interviews, read guidebooks, talk to guidance counselors, and the basically prostitute ourselves to colleges in order to get in. We run home from school and wait by the mailbox in anxious anticipation of that letter (big or small? big or small?).


Freshman Year:
When we finally get into college, we have the one year of our lives left to enjoy ourselves. We go to parties, we gain 15 pounds in the cafeteria, we watch people smoke weed and wonder what that is like, we take Intro. to XXXX and to anyone who asks, we're always "Undecided". We're in a new world, many of us away from our parents, and there seems to be nothing, and I mean nothing that will change the euphoria we feel...

Sophomore Year:
We suddenly realize we need to figure things out. We have a GPA to worry about, a major to choose by the mid or end of the year, we need to get into a group fast or risk being an outsider. If we haven't already we need to choose a fraternity/sorority and figure out which extra-curricular activities we're doing this time around. You need to worry about things like internships and figuring out the rest of your life.

Junior Year:
If you thought Junior year of High School was hell, just wait. GREs, GMATs, MCATs, LSATs, upper level classes, girls who want commitment, guys who want to go party. And you thought turning 21 was all fun and games???

Senior Year:
Panic. SOS. Help! What happened to these 4 years? What classes do I need to graduate? What classes do my potential employers want me to have? What am I going to do next? Why didn't I do this while I was in college? Grad school/job world? How am I going to answer family/friends/family friends when they ask me what I'm doing next year? Apply in September to every bank in the world. First round interviews, second round interviews, grad school apps, job apps, saying goodbye to friends, moving, relationship headaches, AHHHHH!!!


And then you hit the job market and more and more, people are coming in unprepared for the world ahead. Although they are going to college more often and getting higher degrees, they don't seem to cut it like their predecessors. You thought freshman years of high school or college was bad, now try being an analyst or an entry-level worker. Good luck. And, there's no more Spring Break or "making your own snowdays" or hitting the snooze and pretending the alarm never went off. You went to class for maybe 12 hours a week. Now you're working 5 times that. For 45 more years or more.........

The Wall Street Journal's Career Journal (click here) brought up an idea in today's paper which I think quite highly of: employers and schools working together. Instead of creating this madness of Junior and Senior year, imagine if an employer had it spelled out for you. Imagine if you got to college and they had it spelled out for you. Imagine if you were applying to college and they gave you every single detail of what you would have to do to get a job for them after?

It would solve the whole process. Because, in the end, all that stuff you are doing in high school is just to get you to the end game of getting a good job. The employers would have their ideal candidates and the students would have learned the right things and be prepared for the job. It wouldn't allow a lot of creativity and trying out new classes, but we already suppress that so much in high school, why not do the same in college? In the end, wouldn't we all be better off if your college and your employer were working together to get you prepared for the next 45 years of your life?

Almost Friday!

Happy Almost Friday...figured we'd celebrate with some cartoons before our real post...

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Things Not to Say At Work

There is always a fine line that one walks in their office relationships. It is a story that has come up in the blog and in Astronology a bunch of times. Revolution health wrote an article about it today (click here) and says to approach relationships with care. Especially with cross-gender relationships, this can be good advice.

But why does it have to be like this? It seems to be a pretty crappy way of going about things. Whether a lack of employee/employer loyalty spawns distance between workers in the office place or vice versa, it seems to be a pretty rough situation to deal with. Competing against peers for bonuses, raises, promotions, and sometimes, to keep you job, it seems like it would be almost a disadvantage to help out people you work with and become congenial.

And this trickle-down effect has seemed to spread to colleges and high schools also. Competing for few spots at the top, cut-throat competition seems to be the norm. People try to be the best in high school so they get into a good college and this means being better than your peers. Consequently, people try to be the best in college to get into a good job/grad school and this leads to the same attitude where working together and helping our your peers is indirectly discouraged.

Working in teams with goals tied into the overall performance of everyone seem to be the best way to go about this (such as at Google or other high-tech companies). If people are forced to work in smaller groups, they may form bonds doing this which always strengthens relationships in the workplace and leads to better productivity. Although more time may be spent at the water cooler or talking about the weekend, at least people will enjoy going to work and being among their co-workers.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Hiring in a Hurry

Now onto our real post for this Astronology Tuesday...

First, we all like our lives to go faster and faster and now, from the Wall Street Journal's Career Journal, an interesting article about speed dating in the interview process: click here

Also from the Career Journal, the question about whether taking an employer's counteroffer hurt ones career: click here

Totally Off Topic

Totally off topic and non-tangential to our other posts...(I'll post again later on this Astronology Tuesday)

A message to the guy on the subway this morning:

Why do you feel the need to play your iPod so loud? Do you miss having a boombox? Do you think the rest of the train/2 cars over needed some entertainment? Do you dislike the thought of being able to hear in 2 years? Do you really think you are that cool? Do you really need to let everyone know how hip you are listening to Bob Sinclair? Would you like me to dance along to your music?

You stink.

And, by the way, that elbow on the way out...that was from me :)

Be back later with more...

Monday, November 05, 2007

Dealing With the Fires in HR

First, from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) we have an article about how HR is dealing with the fires in California: click here

Also from SHRM, some HR compensation data, tells HR how much they are worth: click here

Lastly, from the New York Times, Monster, and (yes, they all seem to claim credit on this one), a way to figure out if you or your workers are underpaid: click here

Enjoy and get ready for some Astronology tomorrow!

Friday, November 02, 2007


A little Dilbert for your Friday...

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Small Firms Still Need HR

We start out in Canada from the Financial Post which says that small firms need not go without HR top gun: click here

Next, from the Conde Nast Portfolio and Harvard Business Online, an interesting article about becoming the boss: click here

Lastly, from the HR Web Cafe some Human Resources Short Takes: click here

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Mental Minefields

Human Resources Business and Legal Reports (HR.BLR) asks "will mental minefields blow up your corporate wellness program?": click here

HR.BLR. also has an article about HR assistants who will see a 5.3% increase in their salaries in 2008: click here

Lastly, a blog's take on workplace bullies and bullying, which seems to be an unusually common theme lately in our blog: click here

Happy Halloween everybody!!!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Back to the articles

On this Two for Tuesday we are back to the articles...

First from the Kansas City FOX affiliate, a phony e-mail scam that is affecting Human Resources: click here

And from the blog, the break room, a quiz for leaders about what HR means to you and your organization: click here

Monday, October 29, 2007

Opening up the floor

I decided to open up the floor to people's thoughts on everything HR and is our first entry of the kind (feel free to e-mail if you would like to submit something for review):

"As I closed up shop this past Friday, I decided to take a look at my calendar and count the number of weeks that I have been officially employed at my new job. Amazingly, I have already been hard at work for ten weeks, which means I have something to look forward to very shortly: my three month review. As I have been reminded several times by my team leader in both a serious and a joking manner, my continued employment, like everyone else in the company, depends on my performance during my first three months. The three month review will serve as an assessment of how well both my style of work and my job skills have fit in with the company’s operations.

While I cannot deny that I remain in suspense until ‘my day of judgment,’ I am doing all that I can to prepare for my evaluation. I expect to receive an equal amount of both compliments and criticisms. I believe that the key to making the most out of my review is to not take personal offense to the inevitable criticisms that I will receive, nor to vehemently defend myself against each and every one of them, but to accept each one as it is and to improve upon each of them to the best of my abilities. I say this having tried the former strategy and having come to the realization that such a strategy only prevents oneself from improving his or her performance.

I also expect that I will be asked to reflect upon my own performance personally, discuss any personal issues that I have encountered up until this point, and most importantly, elaborate on my future career plans and where I would like to go within my field of work. The final question seems daunting and it is, especially for those of us like me who are only a couple of years removed from the safety blanket provided by college. My strategy will be not to elaborate too much on what my future plans are, especially because I am not completely sure what they are. Rather, I intend to verbalize the fact that my focus remains on doing the best job that I can at my current position and that I hope to gain more exposure to my field of work through continued hard work at my position.

I remain optimistic that my review will be a positive experience for me for both the short term and the long term. The advice I gain from this assessment will hopefully allow me to improve upon the work that I am doing in my current position and allow me to improve upon the skills that will allow me to advance to the next level in my field."

-Ben Wolinsky, Customer Support Analyst, Information Technology Department, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY

Friday, October 26, 2007

Pay for the World Series

Every company sets their goals at the beginning of the year. Some want to see an improvement from the year before, some want to reach breakeven, some want to move past break even, some want to be among the best...and others have one goal in mind, being the best.

The same is true in baseball (where breakeven is a .500 record, past that is a winning season, and being among the best means making the playoffs). And in New York, for the New York Yankees, there is only one goal, especially under the rule of the Boss, George Steinbrenner: Win the World Series.

So why, then, do people criticize Joe Torre's latest contract offer which would have had a much lesser base salary but bonuses that would kick in depending of the performance of the team in the playoffs? Furthermore, why did people have a problem of his salary at all consider he was still going to be the highest paid among his peers? And, lastly why would people have a problem with the contract only being for one year, but renewable upon Torre's team meeting the goals of his Boss?

There are different views on this. Ryan Johnson from World At Work writes that the media coverage of this and the reaction of Torre has dealt a blow to pay-for-performance. Charles Green's (co-author of "The Trusted Advisor" with David Maister), writes that the pay-for-performance model doesn't work and actually is the reason Joe Torre, a dedicated, team-oriented player left.

I happen to fall on the side of Green (which side do you fall on?). Torre's problem wasn't a need for extra incentive to win nor was it, as we discussed yesterday, that his team wasn't successful (and the argument can be made that he was very successful and just fell victim the past couple of years to the crapshoot that is the playoffs). Pay-for-performance is a great model if you need to create incentive for a person, but when they already have their beliefs in the right place, it can just serve as the "perfect" underhanded insult in contract negotiations and is why, in Torre's press conference afterwards, that he claims he left.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Joe Torre Story

So I figured that I would have an actual replacement manager to talk about today, but alas...

Forget, for the moment that Joe Torre was a baseball manager for the New York Yankees. Think about him as a Human Resources Manager. Now when he's hired for this role, no one thinks he can do the job. He doesn't have a good track record, he has a Boss who most people fear, and he has expectations to do well since the manager before him did so.

Joe Torre was not a manager who yelled at those under him or singled them out if they were doing bad. He rarely got fired up enough to get himself in trouble. He just sat there and was stoic: the same expression was on his face through the good times and the bad times. He excelled at shielding his employees from the overbearing media and the tyrannical Boss. He got to know his employees well and treated them with respect.

Oh, and he was good at his job. He spent 12 years as manager and all 12 years his group of employees finished in the top 8, 7 years in the top 4, 6 years in the top 2 and 4 years as the best. The means one third of the years he was in charge, his employees were the best of the best and half of those years they were first or second.

Joe Torre was fired after all this. If he were an HR Manager, would he be treated differently? Tomorrow we'll go further into this...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


On the evening of the first game of the World Series, it seems appropriate to talk about Moneyball. For the longest time I didn't agree with the premise of the book, but after reading it again this summer, I feel like the book has some interesting points.

One is that the way small markets beat larger markets is by beating them in the information and development stages. This is definitely true in HR. Being able to analyze potential employees and getting them early in their developmental stages so you can mold them into the future employees you desire (in the case of the Oakland Athletics, OBP machines).

Another is that the statistical matrices of the past always need to be reevaluated and constantly changed to better adapt to the workplace environment of today. This could not be more true in Human Resources where today's constantly changing business world requires different workers with different skill sets and a different set of evaluation statistics.

The mental makeup of someone on a team is a huge factor in determining how well they will gel within your organization. Billy Beane passed over certain college players who may have had a higher talent ceiling but who could not be vouched for. Again, HR professionals need to understand that no matter what the potential an interviewee or recruit may have, they still have to be able to work and function within your company's guidelines...can this person do this?

Lastly, once everything is in place, when you get to the big time, it's all a crapshoot. This was true in Moneyball when they talked about the playoffs...and even making the playoffs have become that way. The Yankees have made the playoffs in 12 straight years---the next largest streak is 1. Since Y2K, seven different teams have won the World Series, and only two (the Yankees and the Cardinals) had been to more than one World Series before the Red Sox joined that group this year.

In the same way, Human Resources becomes that way too. You can put the best looking people in positions and train them the best you can...and in the end it may not produce results. But doing your homework and constantly adapting the guidelines for which you judge potential candidates will certainly increase your chances of winning that proverbial World Series.

In our next post we'll talk a little about Joe Torre....stay tuned....

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Scary Stuff

Some more information today on this Astronology Tuesday to let you know about the workforce situation in the US:

Monday, October 22, 2007

Digging into the Vault

We're digging into the Vault, to find you some great articles to catch you up before Astronology Tuesday...

First, from Vault blog entries Generation Y not helping and reference letters left unread among other things: click here

This article, also from Vault says to take ownership of your own job search: click here

From MSNBC, an article that Generation X'ers are going to hate...Generation Y is getting perks galore in the working world as the Boomers retire: click here

One place where this is not true is in the United Auto Workers Union according to the Christian Science Monitor: click here

Business Week has an article about the great tech worker divide and whether there is really a labor shortage: click here

The USA Today reports on this article about McCain's new healthcare plan being unveiled: click here

HR Business and Legal Reports (HR.BLR) says that HR's challenge is to take the lead: click here

Lastly, we have HRMarketer, another HR blog, which talks about where HR suppliers spent their marketing and PR dollars: click here

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Career Couch

On our Tuesday, we start off with the New York Times Career Couch which discusses how wise newcomers find their way: click here

Also from the Times, an article about a little Mexican Cafe, built on persistence: click here

Monday, October 15, 2007

HR Director, Hockey Player

We start off with this article from the Boston Globe which talks about an HR Director who doubles as a hockey player...and she's a 58-year-old woman: click here

Workforce Management has an article (subscription required) which says that task force training helps to develop new leaders: click here

Lastly Digg provides us with this blog entry which gives you three inexpensive ways to care for your employees: click here

Recruiting and Retention

The Boston Globe's "Ask the HR Experts" takes on the questions surrounding recruiting and retention: click here

The Boston Globe as has an article which states that making connections is the key: click here

Lastly, the Washington Post has some advice about pleading the case for more pay: click here

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Total Recall

Deb's Career Corner on Vault starts us off with an article about recalling old jobs while interviewing for a new one: click here

From the Wall Street Journal's College Journal (via Vault) a look at faith-based networking: click here

Lastly, from USA Today, an interesting piece about how Social Security is hitting its first wave of baby boomers: click here

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Clueless Managers

Invesp Blog starts us off on our Wednesday with a list of 9 clueless manager stories (but with an Office Space quote to definitely assure their place on this blog): click here

From the BizCoach on KOMOTV in Seattle, Washington, 10 ways to avoid trouble with EEOC: click here

Lastly, the Career Couch of the New York Times talks about how wise newcomers find their ways, among other topics: click here

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Astronology Tuesday

It's another Astronology Tuesday but this one we're going big for...

First, from PersonnelToday, word from the UK that says that maternity pay is too low: click here

The Seattle Times says that if you need a hug, you may be able to find one in your office: click here

A blog entry from about how to keep your company and employee information confidential and protected: click here

A LinkedIn user asks is their a connection between Human Resource Management and business development in SMEs: click here

And, lastly, the Slacker Manager blog asks what's your management's dress code: click here

Sunday, October 07, 2007


This post is going to be heavy on expectations...

The first is a blog entry quoting an article by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) about salary expectations: click here

The next is from Conde Nast and is about expectations that your leaders may have about you: click here

The last is from the Washington Post and has to deal with expectations about cultures working together: click here

Thursday, October 04, 2007


It's a big sports night in New York with the Yankees starting their ALDS matchup against the Cleveland Indians and the New York Rangers begin their regular we'll continue the New York theme with three articles from the New York Times:

First from the Times, a Career Couch look at walking the tightrope of workplace decor: click here

The Times also alerts us about the help for holiday help starting earlier than the holiday season: click here

Lastly, an interesting article about when mentors guide young filmmakers: click here

Let's Go Yankees! Let's Go Rangers!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Perfect Job

Vault starts us off on this Wednesday with advice on how to find the perfect job, including some information on what to do about the dreaded salary requirement question: click here

Vault also adds in an article about people in the government who telecommute to work: click here

Lastly, MSNBC says that workers are finding more and more jobs in the cleantech sector because of the boom in the industry: click here

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Lack of Managers

3 articles on Tuesday??? It must be a good day...

Construction abounds in the United States, according the New York Times, but managers for that construction are few: click here

The New York Times also goes to the Career Couch and answers a question about people who play games at work: click here

Lastly, and sticking in New York, Newsday reports that for some employees, the key is not salary or benefits, but flexibility: click here

Monday, October 01, 2007


The Washington Post starts us off on this first day of October with an interesting article with advice about surviving the salary negotiations: click here

Next, from In Business Las Vegas, a column that says that HR liaisons help small businesses compete: click here

Lastly, from the Philly Burbs, an article about orientation issues should be on company's agendas (if they aren't already): click here

Friday, September 28, 2007

End of a Strike

The Washington Post starts us off on this Friday with an article about the end to the United Auto Workers strike and how this deal can be seen as a model across industries: click here

From the New York Times, an interesting article about how to find people who love their jobs...just ask them: click here

Lastly, also from the New York Times, an article about mission statements, bizspeak, and bromides: click here

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Playing catchup

We've got some catching up to do so we'll go to the Vault...

Vault starts us off with an interesting blog entry about the life of a consultant: click here

Also from Vault, via the Wall Street Journal's College Journal, an article about what one feels when their peers get promoted: click here

Business Week has an interesting article about all types of workers winning overtime lawsuits: click here

From the Michigan Business School, some lessons to be learned from Martha and ImClone: click here

From HR World we have an interviewing cheat sheet with 100 resources: click here

Lastly, from the Boston Globe, word that discrimination comes in many different shades: click here

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Tuesday is Bigger

We're going more than two for Tuesday on this Astronology Tuesday....

First, from MSNBC, advice to employers not to use summer interns as substitute employees: click here

From the USA Today, word that office gossip is traveling even faster because of technology: click here

The Vault's Deb's Career Corner has some advice about what to do when someone asks for your salary history: click here

Business Wire gives us some insight into the Human Resources Outsourcing market: click here

Lastly, advice to think before you leap into the office pool from AJCjobs: click here

Sunday, September 23, 2007

How to Treat Employees

Squidoo has an interesting article about how a boss should treat employees: click here

Vault Videos gives a guide here to video resumes: click here

Lastly, the Canadian Management Centre says that talent management tops the concern for HR professionals: click here

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Are We Lazy?

Fortune and CNNMoney asks and answers if Americans are too lazy: click here

Workforce Management writes about a scholar that urges HR to work with school: click here

USA Today writes in this article about companies penalizing workers who have bad health risks: click here

MSNBC writes about "Desk Rage": Workers gone wild with job stress fueling backstabbing, tirades and even assault: click here

The Vault's Deb's Career Corner talks about the keys to an effective job search: click here

And this is a list we would like to make next year...the list of the top 100 HR bloggers: click here

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Into The Vault

We go to the Vault on this Tuesday...

First from Vault and the Wall Street Journal's Career Journal, how some workers deal with parking-lot politics: click here

Also, Vault has an interesting video talking about tatoos and piercings in the workplace: click here

Monday, September 17, 2007


We go to the Washington Post on this Monday...

First from the Post, labor unions are going to play a role in this election and the democrats have started out in their quest to impress them: click here

Also, word that the UAW dissidents have denounced the health-care cuts: click here

The Post leaves us with an article about gay activists being hopeful on a job bias ban: click here

Sunday, September 16, 2007

New Year's Links

We missed you for a little while due to the Jewish New Year but we're going to catch you up on what you missed:

First from PersonnelToday in the UK, a word to HR to practice what you preach: click here

The Detroit Free Press says that although many still do it, lying on your resume is a recipe for disaster: click here

This Q&A asks if you can be an HR manager without having a degree: click here

Speaking of degrees, this article says that SPHR is important for HR: click here

The Small Business Times says that smart continuing education provided from HR provides a very good return on investment (ROI): click here

Lastly, an HR blog talks about thinking errors and logic bias in human resources management: click here

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Around the World...and back

We're going to start out in Canada, where Canadians are, according to The Star, enjoying a higher wage hike than any time since 2001: click here

This UK article from Personnel Today says that only one-third of human resources employees are happy in their who do they complain to?: click here

Lastly, we end in the US with the Indianapolis Star's warning that employers should concern themselves with non-Christian events: click here

With that, we here at Astron would like to wish a Happy New Year to our Jewish readers...L'Shana Tova!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Tech a Cube?

On this Astronology Tuesday we delve into the New York Times...

First, an article from the Times about finding Tech cubicles: click here

Also from the Times, an article about how the market can affect the job market, this time about real estate agents: click here

Monday, September 10, 2007

HR and the Election

We start with a blog's interpretation of what issues will be most important to HR in the upcoming election: click here

The Boston Globe talks about when the Baby Boomers and the Generation Y'ers mix it up: click here

We end this Monday on a blog talking about the imperative for good leadership in HR: click here

Thursday, September 06, 2007


Discrimination comes in many shades of gray according to the Boston Globe: click here

The New York Times Career Couch starts us off with the care a feeding of references: click here

Lastly, the New York Times talks about revivals that take place inside the kitchen: click here

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Clear and Concise

From the Daily Times, an article which says that human resources policies should be clear and concise: click here

From the Boston Globe, advice to not worry, but rather be happy on the job (Harry Belafonte would be proud): click here

Also from the Globe, advice about how to get an invaluable boost to the job search...among other things in this Q&A: click here

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Keep 'em coming

Hope everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend but it's time to get back to the article grind....

This first article says to HR to attain, retain and manage top employees: click here

This next article from the Washington Post shows some nannies on their quest for rights: click here

Lastly, this article on the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)/Rutgers Line Index shows that manufacturing hiring will be much weaker: click here

Friday, August 31, 2007

Labor Day Weekend Special

A plethora of great HR articles to get you into the weekend...

The Biz Coach says to turbo charge your HR program for more profits: click here

The San Jose Business Journal writes here about a survey that says that business operations and HR are the best prospects for job seekers: click here

The Gazette writes that outsourcing Human Resources is very rare in the public sector: click here

From this Human Resources blog, a post about how the skilled worker crunch is on: click here

The New York Times, among many other outlets, writes that HR says that young workers can't write: click here

Also from the Times, an article about what an assessment test can say about your style: click here

Lastly, an article from the Times about the endless summer job: click here

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Don't Get Caught Reading This

The Washington Post says not to let your boss catch you reading this article: click here

The second article on this Astronology is also from the Post and is a call for a larger stay-at-home workforce: click here

Monday, August 27, 2007

Getting Ahead by Going Abroad

First we start off with a Huffington Post article about workers who get ahead by going abroad: click here

Next we have an interesting blog entry about bosses who go bad---and get rewarded: click here

Lastly, this blog quotes a survey which shows that employers say that young workers cannot write: click here

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Catching Up

We're a little behind on last week's links so we're catching up...

First, the Arizona Post Gazette says to reveal vacation plans to employers during the interview: click here

Next, this blogger asks and answers the question about if you can be fired for blogging: click here reports a study that says that HR is not measuring up to standards: click here

Lastly, we have a YouTube video about the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act (HR 980):

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Combatting Job-Related Stress

First, from the Wall Street Journal, an interesting article about companies aiming to combat job-related stress: click here

The New York Times Career Couch says that your yawn after lunch is perfectly normal, among other things: click here

Also from the Times, word that vacations are getting shorter but are turning up more often: click here

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

What did he say?

First from the I Hate Your Job blog, a list of the stupidest things you'll hear in an office: click here

Next we have an article on this two for Tuesday on Strategic Planning and Resources: click here

Monday, August 20, 2007

Drug Testing

Florida Today starts off our week with an article about businesses embracing drug testing: click here

The Chicago Tribune says that flexible spending accounts cut costs: click here

Lastly, the Washington Post says that the first step in managing a crazy boss is to start talking: click here

Friday, August 17, 2007

Workplace Affairs

The Human Resources Executive says that problems arise when work spouse relationships become workplace affairs: click here

The Star talks about what wage increases in Canada and says it pays to work out west: click here

The Winston-Salem Journal says that raises are increasingly tied to performance: click here

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Raise on Performance

First we start from the Wall Street Journal which says that more firms are basing their raises on performance: click here

The Sun-Sentinel says that to improve, even executives need help to recognize their own faults: click here

And lastly, one blogger talks about the fear that things just aren't working: click here

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Mind the Gap

The Bellingham Herald starts us off on this Wednesday by saying to be careful of electronic information: click here

The Washington Times talk about firms that dock the pay of the obese and the smokers: click here

Lastly, this Taleo Blog talks about the HR spin on CFOs: click here

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Key HR Issues

On this Astronology Tuesday, we start out by looking at key HR issues that you need to address according to the HR News & Views Blog: click here

And from the Tennessean, employee "stretching" can help keep costs down: click here

Monday, August 13, 2007

Managing Risk

CNN says that it comes to managing risk, US firms are the best: click here

CompNewsNetwork talks about the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) hiring a new COO: click here

Lastly, this blog talks about what people talk about while their missing work: click here

Friday, August 10, 2007

Seen It All

First, from the Boston Globe, an article which says that the "seen-it-all" attitude can lead to arrogance: click here

Also from the Globe, a report about how many paths can lead you to your dream job: click here

Mercer reports in this article the shareholder equity impact of the new accounting rules: click here

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

2 for T & 3 for W

Two for Tuesday...and three for Wednesday....

First, if you are in a union and you want to know how to vote in the Democratic'll have to figure it out on your own after the AFL-CIO said they were going to hold off in endorsing a candidate according to the Washington Post: click here

Also from the Post, an article from their Think Tank section that says that what workers want, Congress should provide: click here

From over the pond, a UK Telegraph article which says that human resources are vital to M&A: click here

Next, the New York Times Career Couch looks at the importance of unburned bridges among other mailbag topics: click here

Lastly, also from the Times, we end you on this Humpday with an article about opening up the On-Ramp for Women to allow them to get over the hump: click here

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Human Resource Planning

According to, it's more than filling vacancies for the next few months: click here

This IowaBiz article lists different things HR professionals should think about including outsourcing HR (helps with the firings): click here

Business and Legal Reports HR Daily Advisor discusses a poll of senior HR professionals on what they think about the skills it takes to suceed in HR: click here

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Going Green

The News & Observer has an interesting article about offices going green and the different ways they've found to do that: click here

InsideRecruiting says that only 1 of 5 HR directors measure the ROI of their development initiatives: click here

Lastly, the Business Report and Journal talks about preparing HR professionals: click here

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Double Dose

We missed you yesterday so we're doubling up today...

First, from the Boston Globe, some say that taking a vacation feels like work: click here

Next, the Globe has an article, imagining what can go right: click here

Next we have advice from consultants about what to do when you get passed over for a promotion: click here

From the San Jose Mercury News we have an interesting article about which countries rank the highest in public holidays...Columbia: click here

From the Washington Post, a study which shows that FDA's retention bonuses are used only for the top of the food chain: click here

Lastly, also from the Post, word from Stephen Barr that the future of the EEOC call center may be in jeopardy: click here

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Astronology Tuesday

We start off on Astronology Tuesday with an article from the New York Times about dealing with low morale after others are laid off and other questions on this career couch: click here

Also from the Times, word on elevator phobia and how that can affect an office: click here

Monty Python Job Interview

We haven't had laughs in a while...

Sunday, July 29, 2007

FMLA Leave

According to the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), the amount of FMLA leave is going up: click here

A entry blog that has a lot to do about out: click here

Lastly, from another blog, an entry about today's diverse workforce bringing changes to HR: click here

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Outsourcing Gone Overboard

Outsourcing has gone a little overboard when the picket line is being the homeless: click here

Summer law associates are taking advantage of supply and demand according to this Washington Post article: click here

Speaking of lawyers, maybe one of the reasons that there's large demand...a lot of them are behaving badly according to the Wall Street Journal: click here


First, from PRWeb, a very, very interesting article about the size of the human resources outsourcing (HRO) market: click here

Next, from another HR Blog, an entry about interview training leads to more profits: click here

Lastly, an interesting article out of the UK in PersonnelToday which states that business travelers lack confidence that their employers would help in an emergency: click here

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Two Two Tuesday

First in this two for Tuesday, we have an article from the New York Times about wellness programs: click here

What's in a name? The Times says that it's a matter of taste: click here

Monday, July 23, 2007

Good Managers

Good managers, according to the Boston Globe, trust their employees to do their jobs: click here

Also from the Globe, a temporary flare-up of on-the-job jealousy: click here

Lastly, in this Globe Q&A, dealing with different age groups through mutual respect: click here

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Minimum Wage Rising

First word from the Washington Post that the federal minimum wage is to rise on Tuesday: click here

The New York Times talks about making peace with risk: click here

Lastly, from, a survey that says that most HR officials in favor of ditching GS pay system: click here

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Interviews and Outer-views

The Boston Globe starts us off on this Thursday with an article on interviews and outer-views: click here

Also from the Globe, word that the employer has a right to a background check but the worker can dictate to what extent among other answers in this Q&A: click here

The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) talks about backup, emergency dependent care offerings: click here

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Military Leave

This great HR blog (we are giving credit to another one of us) has an interesting article about military leave from work: click here

What does a Masters degree in workplace health do for you? Personnel Today looks into it: click here

And from the Washington Post, an older article that says that working from home is still a work in progress: click here

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Two for Astronology

On this Astronology Tuesday, we go 2, 4

First from the New York Times Career Couch advice on how to show off at work even when you're bored among other things: click here

Also from the Times, the anguish of a part timer in this article about preoccupations: click here

Pasta and HR

Pass the Pasta and hold the stress says the Washington Post in this article: click here

The Boston Globe deciphers the performance review puzzle with Howie Mandel of "Deal or No Deal": click here

Lastly on this Monday we have a Q&A on Human Resources from the Wall Street Journal: click here

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Economic Change

How will economic change affect your workplace? The Washington Post takes a look at that in this part of their series: click here

Also from the Washington Post, word that part-time looks fine to working mothers: click here

And from the Des Moines Register, an interesting article about hiring practices meant to scare: click here

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Young Workers

In today's workplace, young people hold the advantage according to the Boston Globe: click here

Also from the Globe, advice to HR that fewer policies are the best policies: click here

Lastly, a new niche job market from the New York Times...those who untangle technology's mess:click here

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