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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.read more →
“America, we have a problem.”
The American educational system and in turn the workplace is becoming a place where it is more important to compete for sexual attention then valedictorian or employee of the month.
Walk into any high school or college in America today and you will see hundreds of girls and sometimes even boys with their belly buttons decked out in “bling” and their breasts only half covered up. Walk into any workplace that does not strictly monitor their employees attire or require them to wear uniforms and you will see the same behavior.
At what point did modesty, decency, and self-respect become an option? It is now unfortunately the exception rather then the rule.
Why is this a problem for employees and employers?
The workplace is a place to apply and enhance your skills, training, education, and talents while earning money for your efforts. It is a place to develop both temporary ...
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They are a Weatherhead 100 company (like mine), but they have yet to understand how to treat a vendor. (Can't be a Great Workplace 2.0)
First, they think that they know hiring. Their HR person came from a BIG company, where the air was rarefied and the idea of hiring had no real link to reality. The HR person acts like a CPA, not a customer service person. Stand-offish and structured. Their Business Development guy makes his Linkedin profile look like he is a graduate of the top 2 universities in the USA. (He didn't go to either University. He attended seminars.) He even makes it look like he belongs to the Alum groups of these universities. He graduated from local universities. Good ones. Why try to make it look like it is something else? Oh, it probably has to do with his physical stature. Yes, you guessed it.
When the EVP ...
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Yeeeyyyy!!! I had been offered my first “big girl job.” It was super exciting…I mean how fun was it going to be? I was now going to wear the business casual clothes that I so admired in the Victoria’s Secret, Anthropology, and J. Jill catalogues. My intention to purchase an expensive suit was justified, because I was going to be in a business casual environment that desired such threads. I had a purpose for going to the expensive department stores and spending lots of money to buy designer shoes, suits, belts, jewelry, handbags, etc. After all, I was now a professional, and it wasn’t all about my Sunday’s best anymore…it was my Mondays best, Tuesdays best, Wednesdays best-you get the picture. I was a recent grad from university—many companies and organizations weren’t down with Birkenstocks, holey jeans, or tank tops. After all, I did grasp the concept of work attire ...
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“Getting hired is an exchange of perceived values”. It is definitely not about your wants and needs.read more →
What are you looking for when reading a resume? Here’s a few suggestions. What do you normally look for when reading all those resumes?read more →
Barb Westfall (not her real name) was engaged at age 20. Once engaged she dropped her Spanish minor, realizing that her idea of becoming a radio personality for Voice of America in Spain wasn’t going to pan out, if she wanted to stay with her fiancé while he attended dental school in Ohio. She graduated with a major in communications and started her career as a waitress before landing an entry-level job at an in-house advertising department for an industrial manufacturing firm. After a few years she became bored with the work and was lonely since her husband was working long hours on a PhD. Her husband encouraged her to attend law school and she did. She enjoyed the hard work and personal sense of accomplishment that came with performing well, in school. She found an interesting job as an assistant city prosecutor.
Her husband finished his PhD and was accepted ...
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