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2012.09.25

The purpose of The Great Workplace 2.0™ is simple: while it is happening, show core changes in great workplaces, so that start-ups, small and mid-size companies, can extract the principles that other companies are discovering. By example, grow in a healthy and sustainable fashion; return to our economy great dividends of revenue, value and innovation.

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2010.04.06

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will be discontinuing the DFWP program and discount July 1, 2010. It will be replaced by the newly created DFSP. Employers may find themselves eligible for this program. Employers if they apply could receive at the minimum a 4% discount off their base rates. This could be the much needed helpful shot in the arm to Ohio’s employers.

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2010.04.06

The Great Workplace/ Network North East Ohio has a tagline: “Network With Purpose ™”, and I call it “Network On Purpose”. Both are right, and both cover a myriad of directions to those who wish to build solid and profitable business or social relationships. The topic is networking, but before we talk about networking and relationships I need to let you in on a secret. Some of you have probably heard rumblings and rumors around town about the “alleged” recession. I call it “alleged” because while the statistics demonstrate that we’re in a recession, those are just statistics. The reality is that no matter what situation you’re in and no matter what business you’re in, at the end of this “alleged” recession we will still have an economy and industries will not go away. However, the question is, “Who will still be in those industries?” I am Jeff Nischwitz. Many consider ...
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2010.03.29

“Yeah, that job sounds like a good one but if I take it, it’ll hurt my unemployment benefits so I’m gonna have to pass, thanks anyway.” What’s wrong with this picture?  People are turning down good, well paying, permanent job opportunities for fear of loosing their unemployment benefits.  There are jobs out there but the people just won’t accept them. Is this an example of a system gone wrong?  Is this really what’s happening in the employment market because of the extended unemployment benefits? I thought extending unemployment was a way to protect those hurt most from the collapse of our economy.  I was led to believe that the extensions were meant to be short term fixes to keep the economy solvent while preventing deep financial hardships for those employees victimized by the economic turbulence.   But when it is time to put our foot down and say move on? Has our unemployment system, ...
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2010.03.28

Have you ever run a background check on yourself?  Websites such as TransparentMe allow users to find out what is on their background check before applying for their next job! Bad Credit is Blocking People Getting Jobs After 35 years at the same job, now facing unemployment in a dismal economy, Vernita Humphries of Randallstown was elated when she landed a job. But just days before her start date, the chief financial officer telephoned her personally to rescind the offer. Her bad credit, stemming in part from a divorce and the cost to care for her mother after a stroke, had come back to haunt her. Employers’ use of credit histories to screen applicants is turning into one more barrier for the nation’s unemployed-about 15 million people – many of whom end up with tarnished credit when they lose a job and struggle to pay bills, credit cards and household expenses.  Critics of ...
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2010.03.28

“So, tell me about yourself.” “Why should I hire you?” “How does your experience meet our needs?” Have you ever heard these questions during an interview? I guess that depends on the type of position you were interviewing for. If, for example, you were called in for an interview as a fry cook at a fast food joint, then these questions probably never surfaced. However, it is true that employers want to know about you as a person and as a professional. They are interested in how you feel about yourself and why you think you are deserving of the position. They also want to know if you are confident and have what it takes to be successful. There is such a thing as employer standards, and maybe asking these questions of a person interviewing for a fry cook position is a bit extreme. But let’s say you are interviewing for ...
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2010.03.28

de Schrijver here. Yep, been there, done that and felt worthless and scared. It feels like someone has a hold of your heart and is making it beat 25% faster, all the time. More often than not you have been in control until that time, able to see a lot or a little ahead in your future, then BAM! The pink slip, or in the case of a business owner, the funds run out. More often than not we feel worthless and scared when we have time to dwell on things, or if we take on a negative attitude about life in general. Here are some fundamentals that have helped a lot of people: 1) Clean your house/ apartment completely. Spend as much time as necessary getting everything spotless. Clear out the clutter, clear out the junk. Make a new start. Do this every week you are looking for a new career. The work ...
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