Monday, May 28, 2007

Huge Memorial Day Post

Going away for the week so we're going to give you more than enough HR news to get you through your week...

First, Amy Joyce starts us out with an article that says to look out for caregivers: click here

More from the Washington Post about the hiring practices due to political leanings at the Justice Department: click here

Also from the Washington Post, word that Congress has approved the minimum wage increase: click here

Lastly from the Washington Post, an article that talks about how the OMB is moving to secure social security numbers: click here

From the Boston Globe, word that working too hard is bad for you: click here

Also from the Globe, an article that says young workers truly have something to complain about: click here

From the New York Times, the monthly wildcard is job numbers: click here

Also from the New York Times, a column about moving out of retirement and into uncertainty: click here

Lastly from the New York Times, an article about finding a new path to the world of work for "disconnected" young people: click here

From itzbig, an article about what Human Resources can learn from marketing: click here

From, a list of the top 5 Human Resources books: click here

From News Blaze, an article about how HR is the way to rescue your company in the upcoming labor shortage: click here

We rarely do this, but this HR blog has plenty of great information to help you out: click here

And our last article, buried in a blog, is word of infighting at and a lawsuit between Mercer Human Resources and click here


Sunday, May 27, 2007

Outsourcing HR

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Forced Fun?

First, from the New York Times, an article about the limits of office celebrations from the Career Couch: click here

Next, also from the New York Times, an interesting article that shows where business and media mix in the place where a situation becomes "silly enough for a sitcom": click here

Lastly, from the Washington Post, word about turbulence over executive pay in the airline industry: click here

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

We missed you

We missed you yesterday so we're doubling up on our blog today here at Astron Solutions....

First, from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), an article that says that the immigration bill does not fix HR problems: click here

One reason, according to Government Executive is that it targets employer verification: click here

Next from Human Resources Executive, an interesting article talking about companies beginning to have to cope with workers on military leave: click here

Next, from the Washington Post, an interesting article about a person fired for blogging: click here

And lastly, also from the Washington Post, an interesting question posed which asked why can't the woman stay once the man is fired with the example of the World Bank: click here

Monday, May 21, 2007

Life After Finals

As college seniors and graduate students leave their respective institutions this month, they should look forward to the fact that there is life after finals, although, according to the New York Times, the entry-level salary will vary greatly: click here

Next is word from the Boston Globe to consider your choices when returning to teaching: click here

Lastly, from the Washington Post, Amy Joyce tells us that your boss could be fooling you for Safety's Sake: click here

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Job Interview Training

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Your Job Can Save Your Life

In this Boston Globe article we start off by learning how maybe your job won't kill you...maybe it'll save your life: click here

Next, also from the Boston Globe, various strategies to deal with a co-worker with too much cologne among other advice: click here

Lastly, an interesting book reviewed by the Washington Post, which is about new girls on the job front: click here

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A different type of coach

In the effort to land a high-paying job, some try using an executive coach according to the New York Times: click here

Next, also from the New York Times, an interesting article that says that cutting emissions not only helps the environment, but it also creates a lot of new jobs: click here

Lastly, from USA Today, following up on our Mother's Day leftover theme, an article about more nursing mothers getting lactation programs at work: click here

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

More Mother's Day stuff

We're chock full of Mother's Day leftovers so we're feeding them to you here at Astron's blog...

First from Amy Joyce, it's advice on how to return to the office after taking a pregnancy leave: click here

Next, from the Washington Post, it's an article about a group that pushes forward motherhood causes in the political light: click here

Monday, May 14, 2007

All about Mom's

It may be the day after mother's day, but we've still got mom on our mind the day after mother's day...

First from Amy Joyce, a column which says that employers should not discriminate whether you have a baby yourself or adopt one, a mother is a mother and she should be given time off: click here

Next, from MSNBC, an interesting article asking why moms are giving up careers? They say moms are being pushed out: click here

Lastly, if mom made a salary, how much would she be worth? The Current-Argus calculates: click here

Friday, May 11, 2007

Interview Skills

For your weekend, an interesting interview skills video made by human resources professionals...enjoy:

Thursday, May 10, 2007

College to the Workplace

We start with the Boston Globe looking at this difficult time of year for college students when they need to make the transition from the college world to the working (AKA real) world: click here

Next, Boston Globe takes you inside the mind of a genius to find out about creating and implementing ideas: click here

Lastly, from via the Wichita Eagle via the San Antonio Express News comes this article about flexibility is an asset for employees and employers: click here

Wednesday, May 09, 2007


We start with this interesting New York Times Career Couch Q&A asking what should you do about wanderlust among other questions: click here

Next, from Austin, Texas we see one worker's e-mail to their boss and the incongruous response they got: click here

Lastly, an interesting blog about girls in the workplace, especially right out of college and what they should expect: click here

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Baseball and Mangement

On this Astronology two-for-Tuesday, we start with lessons from the diamond and how one manager is taking what he learned on the baseball field to skills used in management: click here

Next, from the Washington Post, an interesting article about how pressure from above caused this bank to accrue some bad mortgages: click here

Monday, May 07, 2007

Office Awareness

Amy Joyce starts us out on this Monday by saying that office awareness can help head off abuse at home: click here

Next, from the Boston Globe, a Q&A stating to make sure that expectations for both worker and boss are well defined: click here

Lastly, from the Express-News Business Writer, a way that businesses can help workers balance their lives: click here

Friday, May 04, 2007

Worker Productivity

First from the Washington Post, an article about the growth of worker productivity slowing down: click here

An interesting study says that 70% of success at work has to do with "People Skills"...Office Space would be proud: click here

Lastly, we have a list of the top 100 adoption friendly workplaces: click here

Thursday, May 03, 2007

The cost of healthcare

The Boston Globe starts us out with a Q&A with ways to lessen the costs of healthcare: click here

Next, also from the Boston Globe, an interesting take on being can be a selfish act: click here

Lastly, in an article from the Washington Post we look at GM and the United Auto Workers and more union grumbling in Motown: click here

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Return to work

The Career Couch from the New York Times starts us out with an article about sizing up your skills for a return to work: click here

Next, also from the NYT, an interesting article about how Whole Foods helps immigrants seeking jobs: click here

Lastly, Mercer Human Resources talks about how you should handle defined contribution plans: click here

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Wal-Mart Under Attack

First Human Rights Watch attacked Wal-Mart yesterday saying that their tactics used against unions are illegal: click here

Now today we have the response from Wal-Mart and a more in-depth look by the Washington Post into the company's heavy handed tactics against unionization: click here

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