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The Great Workplace 2.0
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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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2010.03.12

Nine year old Mickey and his friend Chris were engrossed in their morning game of hoops waiting for the school bus when all of a sudden this black Labrador walked up the drive and plopped down totally exhausted.

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2010.03.10

Not to be confused with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)! EAP stands for Employee Assistance Program. And while EAPs probably do care about the environment, their real interest is in people and the companies they work for. EAPs are a critical management tool that save companies money and foster a safer work environment by providing confidential assistance to employees and their family members. Using professional assessment and problem resolution, EAPs help individuals manage personal problems that may affect not only their quality of life, but also can manifest as work performance problems. EAPs got their start from Alcoholics Anonymous. Some of the early participants of AA realized the benefits of being sober on the job (such as increased productivity, decreased absenteeism and a safer work environment just to name a few) and wanted to share their discovery with coworkers they saw who were also struggling with alcohol issues. Workplace AA programs became ...
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2010.03.10

Interviewing Tips for a Blue Collar worker… Scanning the newspapers, filling out applications, and making phone calls isn’t all you have to do to get the job anymore. Now even machinists, tradesmen, maintenance, and most of all types of blue collar workers must interview with either a human resource professional, an executive or owner from the company before meeting the person who would be their immediate supervisor or even see the inside of a facility. Whether it’s protocol, a way to weed out the weirdo’s, or to save the time of the hiring manager, there isn’t anything you can do about it, except prepare for it! Keep in mind, that blue-collar workers often intimidate some white-collar workers. Blue-collar workers are willing to get their hands dirty while white-collar workers are not. Blue-collar workers have a specific skill or trade that white-collar workers rely on. Yes, some blue-collar workers would like the pay ...
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2010.03.10

So we’ve made it through the first half of 2009, inarguably one of the worst financial periods in our lifetimes. And while we hope that the worst is finally behind us, we’re still fearful of what is to come. One of the most positive trends I am seeing is that many are now focusing on the future. We are building up our individual departments and organizations to be leaner, smarter and stronger so that we can emerge in a position to thrive. We don’t seem to be as paralyzed by the fear described above and instead are using this fear to motivate us to push through. GreenlightJobs president and CEO Lisa Kaye recently wrote an insightful blog post on how we can and should use the fear and uncertainty we feel as motivational fuel. In this essay we’ll examine how the state of our economy has affected the use and implementation ...
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2010.03.10

On March 10, 2009, the latest version of the Employee Free Choice Act (“EFCA”) was introduced into both chambers of Congress. The EFCA is legislation which purports to give employees more control in the election of a union at the expense of the employer’s right to keep his/her company union-free. Under the EFCA the National Labor Relations Board would certify a union as the bargaining representative, without directing an election, if 50% plus one member of the bargaining unit signs cards. This would be a direct change from current law which requires a majority vote in a secret ballot election in the event that a union first convinces more than 30% of the employees to sign authorization cards. Effectively, under the EFCA, unions would no longer risk certification through an election. As initially drafted, the EFCA also imposed significant restrictions on bargaining in first-time contracts. Under the EFCA an employer would ...
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2010.03.09

What the Frick! Where the living hell did all these “Speakers” come from? Is everyone an expert on Jobs, Employment and such? Or even “Social Media”. A friend (who is in another field is speaking on Jobs). Another friend (in another field) is speaking on “Social Media” and your job search and reputation. Good lord! Leave the content to the experts, please. That is like asking me to speak on Mechanical Engineering because my College roommate was in Engineering School or to speak on the British Parliament because I attended Cambridge University (Prince Charles was in fact a classmate). Let’s get some sense folks. Listen to experts and speak on topics you know. Just because your friends like what you say doesn't mean you are an "Expert". There is a guy with a blog speaking on employment (he has one year experience) and Social Media (he has 6 months experience) and is ...
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