CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
1
2012.09.25

The Great Workplace 2.0™, is an ongoing project that began in 2004. The focus of this research has been one-on-one meetings and conversations with business owners, CEO’s, “C” Level Managers and Top Level Human Resource executives in small to medium-sized organizations in North East Ohio. ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
2
2013.03.13

Transparent Integrity: To understand the concept of Transparent Integrity in organizations let us draw an analogy through the characters of The Wizard of Oz and Dorothy; The Wizard put on a public face that suited his mission in his mind. It was not the real Wizard. ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
3
2013.03.13

I snuck a few PDF copies of the original manuscript to some astute entrepreneurs and mangers before it went to print. Each one of these good people had impressed me as being passionate about their organization’s future, and in assuring the Value of their offerings ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
4
2013.03.12

Our competitive marketplace is changing rapidly and to some owners and managers, the speed and frequency of change can become confusing, just as quickly. Business principles that seemed solid three months ago or even three weeks ago are now mired in uncertainty or are re-rewritten in ...

CATEGORY › CONNECT ENGAGE COLLABORATE
5
2012.12.08

Magical Mystery MasterMind Tour. Stepping Out of your Three Foot Circle. By Jeff Nischwitz. Think Again Coaching. It was a bright sunny morning (albeit chilly) on the first Thursday in October, when I arrived at the airport for a scheduled two and a half day trip. I was ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
6
2012.02.12

A Great Workplace is defined by the Work Environment created by the corporation's values. Values include a safe place to work, quality of work output accomplished by people who are both connected to their work and cognizant of how their behavior affects others. A Great ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
7
2012.01.19

If you own, operate or work for a medium to small sized company, you have to be sick of the "Top Workplace" lists published by BIG companies about other BIG companies. If you are in HR, those lists and details of their benefits, perqs, excitement ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
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2012.01.18

Onboarding is defined as a system that “decreases the time to productivity and increases the level of Engagement” for new participants to the organization’s success”. This includes new hires, vendors, contractors, board and the community. Tangentially, Onboarding, when merged with your marketing and sales initiatives, ...

CATEGORY › CONNECT ENGAGE COLLABORATE
9
2011.11.14

The Great Workplace research has shown that collaborations which lead to increased profitability do not stop within your building. As a matter of fact going outside your four walls is actually seeking collaborative innovation. In a recent Smart Business News article by Nine Sigma’s Andy Zynga ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
10
2011.11.14

What drives your business? What drives your business to be sustainable (Def: Robust and Lasting) and to weather the normal ups and downs of the market? Or do you find that every issue facing your business and talent is an intrusion? As a CEO we seek ...

CATEGORY › CONNECT ENGAGE COLLABORATE
11
2011.11.11

I am privileged to hang out with other “Entrepreneurs.” Social conversations are rarely about social topics. We always seem to chat about “personal stuff” for about 15 seconds, which somehow always leads quickly into a business concept or practical issue being churned around. “How are the ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
12
2011.11.04

As many already know, Smart Business will be the publisher of our book, The Great Workplace 2.0 in the spring of 2012, Edited by Dustin Klein with Randy Wood. The president of Smart Business recently wrote a cogent article on Money Versus Meaning, relative to the ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
13
2011.11.02

Each year COSE awards the "10 Under 10" award to high-quality organizations with under 10 employees. In September Jeff Nischwitz of Think Again Coaching, and a Collaborator of The Great Workplace was one of those 10 esteemed award winners! Jeff is an exciting speaker, an effective ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
14
2011.10.31

It is wonderful to see such a great publication agree with The Great Workplace 2.0. An eleven page PDF worth reading: http://hbr.org/hbrg-main/resources/pdfs/comm/oliverwyman/how-great-companies-think-differently.pdf

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
15
2011.10.28

In 2001, Jim Collins' Good to Great examined 1,435 companies. It observed that the 11 corporate entities that had made the jump from "good to great" over a 40-year period were headed up by relatively unknown chief executives as opposed to "the one genius with 1,000 helpers." In ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
16
2011.10.25

The target organizations of the protests have simply not followed the principles of building a Great Workplace 2.0. They have abused their “Participants” (Customers, employees, vendors, community) to a boiling point. The issues are a result of large corporations having a lack of “Intelligent Self Interest”. ...

CATEGORY › NEW BLUE COLLAR
17
2011.09.14

Forget machine oil slicks on the floor. Or, 120 degree temps and gallons of bottled water to cool you down. You might be spending more of your time with a keyboard than with a hammer and wrench. The same technical innovations that caused a drop in ...

CATEGORY › CONNECT ENGAGE COLLABORATE
18
2011.08.25

You live mentally and physically in your three-foot circle. It is your “construct,” your reality, as YOU see it, and it is your lens on the world. That lens translates everything you see, hear and feel into YOUR language, even if those instructions and input ...

CATEGORY › COMMUNITY SOAPBOX
19
2011.08.18

It’s not that I don’t care about your taking the kids to the pool, or that you are angry at your boyfriend or girlfriend. I want to learn something, from you, that will help me grow. In turn, I’ll offer you something that may help you. I ...

CATEGORY › CONNECT ENGAGE COLLABORATE
20
2011.08.18

(The term "Three Foot Circle" is copyright, Champion Personnel System/ Robert Schepens and trademarked.) Your Three-Foot Circle: It is where you live. It contains your perspectives on life, the world around you, your opinions, and your “do’s and don’ts. Your “lens on the world” is attached to ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
21
2011.07.20

Transparent Integrity: To understand the concept of Transparent Integrity in organizations let us draw an analogy through the characters of The Wizard of Oz and Dorothy; The Wizard put on a public face that suited his mission in his mind. It was not the real Wizard. ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
22
2011.07.11

This month's CRT panel discussion will investigate how our panel companies cultivate the culture within their organizations and help shape the attitudes and outlooks of their employees to support and accelerate sustainable action.  We will discuss the challenges of creating and fostering the culture to ...

CATEGORY › CONNECT ENGAGE COLLABORATE
23
2011.05.10

HR professionals get a horrible rap. Except for their own profession, no one really understands them. Most HR professionals are simply doing what every other HR pro does: Keep the Castle safe, and try to make it productive. Follow the rules of the Government (tear ...

CATEGORY › WORK IS GOOD
24
2011.04.27

If you have been in any kind of job for more than a year, and you feel yourself "drifting" away from the core of your responsibilities, grab yourself by the short hairs and wake up. You may be starting to commit job suicide. Get back into doing ...

CATEGORY › THE BOOK
25
2011.04.06

In chatting recently with the CEO/ Owner of a local 200-employee manufacturing company, his casual question was: "Collaborations sound good. But who is driving the bus?" I hear this from CEO's, HR VP's, Founders and Managers: If collaboration is such a core principle of The Great ...

CATEGORY › NEW BLUE COLLAR
26
2011.03.23

TGW Note: This is stolen from Seth Godin's email newsletter 3.23.11. It is an example of where we as a "work society" have dipped since "pleasure" and "work" have become so intertwined: The new "Social Media" supporters have continued to make Twitter, FB, Linkedin, and ...

CATEGORY › WORK IS GOOD
27
2011.03.02

Garrett Koan has written about radiology technicians and received his online accounting degree in 2007. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, as of this September, the unemployment  rate is 14.4%. This is down from the summer's even higher rates of 15.7% in August ...

CATEGORY › WORK IS GOOD
28
2011.03.02

This post was written by John Gorab who also writes on the topic of forensic science colleges and analyst careers for www.onlineclasses.net. 1. Overuse of Mass Messaging to Friends, not Fans The mass private message, especially on Facebook, does not make people happy. Doing this can quickly ...

CATEGORY › FROM OUR PARTNERS
29
2011.03.01

This article is from our valued partner, Employee Screen IQ, a Cleveland-based, highly acclaimed, international screening organization (and more). The article in pdf format can be found at: http://www.employeescreen.com/whitepaper_experience.pdf The Great Workplace note: Our research proves that the ENTIRE process of recruiting, interviewing, onboarding and life-cycle ...

CATEGORY › THE BOOK
30
2011.03.01

The Great Workplace 2.0 flourishes on a Collaborative Culture. By definition, The Great Workplace is committed to fostering a collaborative, productive, engaging and rewarding culture that encompasses customers, prospective employees, employees, vendors, “Participants” (Stake/ Shareholders) and the community. The organization practices collaboration to the extent that ...

CATEGORY › THE BOOK
31
2011.02.28

“Collaboration” is a characteristic of The Great Workplace of today and the future, and will be explained in business-detail in another excerpt. This chapter takes a lighter, but more pointed allegorical view of “Collaboration”: “I got 29 ways to get in my baby’s door. And if ...

CATEGORY › THE BOOK
32
2011.02.23

“Participant, Defined”: (You get to wear the Jersey!) The Great Workplace 2.0 is defined by being, beyond any other characteristic, Smart. Those organizations use their heads in an objective, future-view way. Leaders within these organizations look to use and collaborate with any and all potential partners, ...

CATEGORY › WORK IS GOOD
33
2011.02.22

The true answer to this debate is NOT whether you have the God-Given right to have one, it is whether or not your “Individual Right” will hold you back … in your career. Ink yourself with whatever you want. If you want a white-collar career, don’t ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
34
2011.02.21

The Great Workplace 2.0 does NOT look like, act like, nor have the behavior of leaders that a "legacy" workplace has in place. Maybe Jack Ricchiuto of Jack Zen, is on to something here: (Link to JackZen site below) The power of buildership What do these comparisons have ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
35
2011.02.16

Transparency for impact, not just compliance How to be more open in your organization (The Great Workplace 2.0 Note: It is great to see other successful entrepreneurs writing about the fundamentals that make a Great Workplace. We TOOK the liberty of sharing this example) By Mario Morino Smart Business ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
36
2011.02.09

Let me digress a moment to this particular organization’s problems with stabilizing “employment” (keeping people who can do the jobs, and keeping people who WANT to do the jobs): The organization is assembly-line oriented, where hitting hourly/shift numbers of parts made and assembled is the ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
37
2011.02.09

#2 Mistake: Beat Up Your “Participants”: In The Great Workplace 2.0, a “Participant” is defined as anyone who touches an organization and has an opportunity to help it achieve its Purpose and goals. It includes EMPLOYEES, VENDORS, board of directors, community and Management. Keep ...

CATEGORY › FROM OUR PARTNERS
38
2011.02.07

I. Introduction. On January 24th, 2011, the Supreme Court held in Thompson v.  North American Stainless, LP, that the 1964 Civil Rights Act, ("Title VII") permits so-called "third-party reprisal" claims.  In short, an employee may sue for retaliation if he/she is fired - or otherwise ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
39
2011.02.03

A new breed of online worker is paid by the task By Rachael King . Reprinted (Essentially Ripped off without permission as it would have taken longer than 5 minutes to get a megalith organization with miles of redtape to give that permission) from Bloom ...

CATEGORY › THE BOOK
40
2011.02.01

Myself and my organizations have worked with and interviewed over 1,500 organization CEO’s, hiring managers and HR professionals over just the last four years. Our published results are not just professional opinion, they are based in fact. My goal has been to find out what REAL ...

CATEGORY › THE BOOK
41
2011.01.31

A quote from a graduate of a men’s Life and Balance Training Program: “Leading a life with a Mission and Purpose helps me clarify my priorities”. This is from a white-collar, mid-life individual who has a good job and decent life. Without asking, one would ...

CATEGORY › THE BOOK
42
2011.01.25

They could have been GREAT. They had the best of ALL worlds: solid products, solid customers, money and an almost blank slate: They had a relatively new facility, a small initial staff, and a small contingent of people to make their products. On the surface, ...

CATEGORY › THE BOOK
43
2011.01.17

The Great Workplace 2.0 (TM): It is all about our trademarked phrase: Connect, Engage, Collaborate. Understanding what the next generation of NEW Great Workplaces have as core characteristics can propel your organization to greatness (Or being recognized as "Remarkable") or leading a company toward a ride ...

CATEGORY › THE BOOK
44
2011.01.13

Greetings and thank you for having enough interest in building or rebuilding a great company that you would come here for information. The Great Workplace presents compiled, filtered, and justified information, research and professional opinions gained from the following sources: 1)    My experience in Human Resources and ...

CATEGORY › WORK IS GOOD
45
2011.01.11

Common Job Hunting Mistakes (Part I of 100) Over 30 years as a recruiter and employment agency owner has taught me a few things the average person needs to avoid in looking for a job. These issues are founded in simple advice, not the crap doled ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
46
2011.01.06

1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave... 2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years. 3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three. 4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you. 5. Your ...

CATEGORY › WORK IS GOOD
47
2011.01.03

It is very easy in 2011 to justify anything. Especially if one tags those reasons to “personal freedom” or “individual rights”. These monikers put the virtual fence around those justifications and deflect about 90% of all attacks. “Job hopping” used to be 3 or 4 jobs ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
48
2010.12.22

We all like to have a day off or a long four day weekend once in awhile to recharge the internal batteries or to get together with friends and family.  The number of vacation days we have at our disposal is usually negotiated during the ...

CATEGORY › CHAMPION
49
2010.12.17

John Lott recently published a post on Fox News blog about the recovery. He claims that this is the "first entirely temporary help service job recovery ever in our country's history.  True. It is as I was in this industry the last "recession". According to him ...

CATEGORY › FROM OUR PARTNERS
50
2010.12.09

From our Partner, Employee Screen IQ, this frightening overview of what BB EEOC is up to: (Thanks to Jason Morris, President, and his staff) Discrimination issues, global screening, contractors, credit checks, social networking and a tsunami of legislation headline our 2011 list of top ...

CATEGORY › FROM OUR PARTNERS
51
2010.12.09

Ohio Senate Bill 334, passed in late 2008, allows Ohio businesses operating in other states to reduce the payroll they report to Ohio BWC. Employers must be carrying workers’ compensation coverage in the other state(s) in order to receive the benefits of SB 334. This ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
52
2010.12.06

True onboarding is the purposeful integration of new and potential “Participants” (see the definition of The Great Workplace) into the organization to maximize their contributions quickly and effectively and to create a true “community” (people who help the organization achieve its purposes) within the organization ...

CATEGORY › CHAMPION
53
2010.12.06

OSHA just posted the consequences which were handed to a Nebraska company, Next Step Burwell LLC for “failing to inform subcontracted employees…” Electrocution occurred after a “temp” was asked to check a cable tray. It does not say whether or not this was a fatality but what ...

CATEGORY › COMMUNITY SOAPBOX
54
2010.12.02

In 1890 at Wounded Knee Creek on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Home of the Oglala Lakota Nation, more then 350 WOMEN, CHILDREN and typically older or infirm men were massacred by US Troops. MASSACRED, MURDERED. They had no defense. These are some of the names: 1. ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
55
2010.12.01

In the great rock opera Tommy performed by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee The Who, one of the central songs is titled “See Me, Feel Me.”  Tommy is all about a boy born blind and deaf.  The early part of the story centers ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
56
2010.11.29

There are four main reasons that companies choose to use Champion's Flexible Staffing Service. With all the options to fit any hiring need, our client companies are using our service to maximize good business strategies and to focus on "being “Intelligently Profitable” and for their own "Intelligent Self ...

CATEGORY › CONNECT ENGAGE COLLABORATE
57
2010.11.23

by William White on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 3:01pm POLITE COURTESY A Warrior has no reason to be cruel. They do not need to prove their strength. A Warrior is courteous even to his enemies. Without this outward show of respect, we are nothing more than ...

CATEGORY › CHAMPION
58
2010.11.23

“TWO YEARS!   I’ve been looking for two years and I only got four interviews.” That’s what he said with a sense of deep frustration mixed with despair but you could tell it was absolutely true. We had lightened up at the end of our interview this ...

CATEGORY › CONNECT ENGAGE COLLABORATE
59
2010.11.17

"Warrior," by William White: Listen to me carefully and remember every word. A warrior is not a soldier. A soldier is trained to fight and follow orders. A warrior is trained to think for himself and fight only as a last resort. A warrior is the first ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
60
2010.11.11

WOW! The news is deep in opinions about "rights" and propriety and there are as many opinions on this as there are Facebook posts. After 30+ years in recruiting, search and HR is here my professional opinion: Don't be negative about your work, boss, or co-workers in ...

CATEGORY › WORK IS GOOD
61
2010.11.09

In your personal life, one can do and be whatever one wants. When you are job hunting, one thing you need to remember: don’t mix your personal life with your job/ career/ business life. Your email address can say a lot about you, and like it ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
62
2010.11.09

In virtually every organization that I work with they suffer from the same fundamental shortcoming … ineffective execution.  Execution deficiencies come in many shapes, colors and sizes, including poor communication, sketchy planning, lack of teamwork, and ineffective leadership, but the most critical deficiency always comes ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
63
2010.11.03

This is an article I wrote for the book: "101 Ways to Boost Your Career" to be published December 2010: To have a productive, satisfying career now and in the future, you will need to know how the Workplace has changed and how to be valued ...

CATEGORY › WORK IS GOOD
64
2010.11.01

Blue Collar Workplace has partnered with Champion Personnel to bring Hiring Fairs to Lorain, Geauga, Ashtabula and Lake Counties for BLUE COLLAR JOBS!! Our clients are looking to hire up to 100 qualified people for the following openings: Electronics Assembly, Electronics Technicians, Mechanical Assembly, Through Hole ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
65
2010.10.28

It’s that time of year: Halloween!  Time to dress up and pretend to be someone else for the day.  A perfect time to have your recruiters to try on a costume they haven’t done in a while: Being a candidate to your company! When was the ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
66
2010.10.21

“That’s not my job. Why me?.” “I have more than enough work to do I can’t to that as well!” “How come I’m expected to do it when he’s doing nothing?” How many times have we witnessed this attitude? We’re used to seeing, witnessing and quite possibly ...

CATEGORY › BLUE COLLAR WORKPLACE
67
2010.10.14

It is really amusing to read all the articles on HOW to change jobs. 95% of them seem to encourage a person to go ahead and change jobs as long as you do X on your resume and Y in interviewing. Everyone seems to be ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
68
2010.10.14

It’s Official! EmployeeScreenIQ is Background Screening Accredited We’re proud to report to our readership that our sponsor, EmployeeScreenIQ has earned this distinction – shared by just one percent of all screening companies – validating industry-leading standards in data security, legal compliance, consumer protection, organizational integrity and ...

CATEGORY › NEW BLUE COLLAR
69
2010.10.08

AFL-CIO announces their new chosen victim  …  Millennials! Art Levine explained in his blog that our Millennials (those under the age of 35) have little hope in these economic times with jobs being so scarce. He said that this generation doesn’t earn enough to pay their ...

CATEGORY › COMMUNITY SOAPBOX
70
2010.10.07

Reading September’s 2010 report “Biggest Bang for the Buck” put out by Americans for Insurance Reform.  This report was generated for the State of Washington which is one of four self insuring states for Workers’ Compensation.  Ohio is another.  Employers in the other forty six states ...

CATEGORY › CHAMPION
71
2010.09.30

I remember those summer days with my Grandparents in Minnesota. Drive to Prior Lake (there were so many!), fish, boat, and swim … AND…skip rocks. How far could I get them to go? How many time times could I get them to skip? It seemed like ...

CATEGORY › COMMUNITY SOAPBOX
72
2010.09.21

I have been loving the junk mail that has recently been piling up on our end table near the front door. I especially like the mail from AARP. The first one appeared in anticipation of my fiftieth birthday as ominously as a crack in a ...

CATEGORY › COMMUNITY SOAPBOX
73
2010.09.21

Her eyes opened with the sound of the crickets. She loved their song. The clock said 4:40. “No point in sleeping any longer, five will be here in no time may as well just get up and go for a walk!” she thought. It was a clear ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
74
2010.09.17

Ohio's BWC's done it again.  Or shall I say haven't even bothered to do it! They haven't a clue.  They've changed the way employers in Ohio injury claims are being assessed effective July 1, 2010. Now medical only claims are being reserved adding additional costs into our ...

CATEGORY › CONNECT ENGAGE COLLABORATE
75
2010.09.15

Mad Men, one of my favorite shows, follows the internal workings and relationships of an early 1960’s advertising agency in New York City.  In the most recent episode, Don Draper (one of the lead characters) is engaged in a heated discussion with a frustrated and ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
76
2010.09.14

The end of the fiscal quarter! You’d think I still had my own business with this busy work but no, I’m updating my OSHA log for our clients. Manufacturing is indeed improving here in north east Ohio and with this great news unfortunately comes ...

CATEGORY › WORK IS GOOD
77
2010.09.13

I am the manager of a large, vibrant Staffing Service ("Employment Agency"). We have a lot of jobs and therefore a lot of “applications” for those positions we advertise. We use at least 5 major Internet sources seeking qualified candidates. This means that on any ...

CATEGORY › WORK IS GOOD
78
2010.09.09

In the early 1900’s, my great grandfather made the decision to leave behind his wife and four children with just a few of his personal belongings and a hope in his heart. He boarded a boat that was going across the Atlantic Ocean, an ...

CATEGORY › THE WORKFARCE
79
2010.09.03

Normally we don't do just put things like this on this blog without due credit. But this is one power point presentation that I think everyone will enjoy. I don't know who made this and if anyone knows I'd love to give them credit and thanks! ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
80
2010.09.02

By: Robert I. Sutton, PhD September 2, 2010. RePosted from Fast Company Blog, 9.2.10 RAS comment: We went through this recently with a longer term employee becoming a Narcissistic Icon. It was painful, debilitating for the other great employees, and worst of all, the guy ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
81
2010.09.01

So you have a brand new customer and they have asked to have credit extended with your business.  A quick credit check reveals no blemishes that would cause any concern.  However, the credit check only reveals part of the story.  Here are some things to ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
82
2010.08.31

My daughter works in the hospitality sector. They, like the rest of us, have also been hit hard economically. Listening daily to her thoughts and feelings about work is the impetus to this post. I realized that her industry could only be a reflection of ...

CATEGORY › COMMUNITY SOAPBOX
83
2010.08.30

It is pitiful that a country as strong as the USA allows itself to react negatively to news about our economy that in turn makes the recovery even more difficult. Whatever happened “No I’m not going to let someone else dictate what I do”? We seem to ...

CATEGORY › COMMUNITY SOAPBOX
84
2010.08.26

Mr. Joseph William Briggs, the “City Delivery Pioneer,” of the United States Postal Service, (which by the way, is the second oldest federal division or bureau in the country) was a postal clerk right in the great land of Cleve when he implemented this idea. It ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
85
2010.08.25

Sometimes in our own little world we create the illusion that our problems are exclusive. This blog post from Staffing Advisors written by Bob Corlett made me realize that all hiring managers experience the same frustrations, disappointments and difficulties no matter where they are located. ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
86
2010.08.24

I’m sure you’ve heard Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation removed the DFWP (Drug Free Workplace Program) with the new and improved DFSP (Drug Free SAFETY Program). This new program took effect July 1, 2010. But now the Department of Transportation through its Office of Drug ...

CATEGORY › WORK IS GOOD
87
2010.08.23

So… these last couple of years have been pretty rough. Cost of living goes up every year but there have been very few raises and most of the overtime has been cut. We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel ...

CATEGORY › COMMUNITY SOAPBOX
88
2010.08.20

I was surfing the net looking for recipes for the harvested vegetables I've purchased at our local farmers markets.  I'm sure you can relate if you have your own vegetable garden and don't can and freeze or are a member of your local CSA. I found ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
89
2010.08.19

I'm connected to Michael on Face Book. He posted this on FB at about 9:45 this morning: "A sense of purpose is not something that we find; it is something that we are. Truth is not something that we look for; it’s ...

CATEGORY › WORK IS GOOD
90
2010.08.18

In private, you can be insensitive and stupid. When your responsibilities exceed your own person, like representing your company, a company, a people or a concept … it is critical to engage a thought process akin to a quality inspection, before you open your mouth. We ...

CATEGORY › COMMUNITY SOAPBOX
91
2010.08.13

Mankind has always had a special relationship with the stars. In the modern world we explore them scientifically: searching for the answers to the Big Questions regarding the origins of life and the extent of the wider universe around us. We look up at the ...

CATEGORY › THE WORKFARCE
92
2010.08.13

Hello everyone! I hope your summer has been good.  So far mine is except for the heat. It has been really hot this summer. If you are like me, you like going to the beach on the weekends when it is really hot out.  I have ...

CATEGORY › COMMUNITY SOAPBOX
93
2010.08.11

Perhaps it only used to be that people wanted to learn. Now it just seems that all people really want to do is be entertained. Have we really become the characters in sci-fi novels and movies of the past that had all humans turned into driveling, ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
94
2010.08.10

In making phone calls to potential clients I am often met with, “Are you JUST a TEMP SERVICE?”  It’s so common because of what has become the perceived role of a “Hiring Service”.  Of course my answer is “No…we are a flexible staffing service.” A flexible ...

CATEGORY › THE GREAT WORKPLACE
95
2010.08.10

Suppose an employee suffers from sleep apnea, which keeps employee awake for periods of time at night. In fact, the employee’s nighttime sleep patterns are interrupted to the point that the employee is excessively tired during the work day. Two weeks after being hired as a ...

CATEGORY › BLUE COLLAR WORKPLACE
96
2010.08.09

I do a lot of blog readings for this web site.  Mostly, I'm looking for helpful tips to share here in The Great Workplace for those of you who are looking for a career opportunity.  And today I read this article entitled Objective of a ...

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2010.08.05

So how is your job search going? Have you registered with reputable staffing companies?  Did you take a personal evaluation of each interview so you can be better prepared for the next?  Fine tuned your answers? Let me know how things are going. Share your ...

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2010.08.04

Posted byChris Thompson - 08.03.2010. Reprinted from The + NE Ohio Blog I cannot help but wonder when was the last time this happened: From February to June of this year, the Cleveland metro led the nation's 40 largest MSAs in manufacturing job growth. ...

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2010.07.30

Guide to Romance and Sexual Harassment at Work by Laurie on July 28, 2010 When someone comes to HR with a sexual harassment issue, it’s usually not sexual harassment. Most people who are sexually harassed are afraid to report it. As a Human Resources ...

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2010.07.30

We all live with and BY illusions. Businesses thrive on them. Relationships are built on them. Days are filled with them. Some we manufacture, some we simply board and float on. What are yours?

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101
2010.07.29

Everything still seems kind of crazy even though businesses are starting to show more life than they have in the last couple of years. With the school year fast approaching, parents are starting to prep for their children’s return to school. We all know education ...

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102
2010.07.28

Let’s say you have a sales person that regularly drives their vehicle to appointments as a part of their job. When you ran a background check at the time of hire, their driving record was just fine.  Well, fast forward two years and their license is ...

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103
2010.07.28

You've been hard at work this week scheduling appointments.  Good work. Take a break this afternoon and go shopping.  What for you ask? Well do you want to stand out from the crowded applicant pool when there are over two hundred applicants who need to be ...

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104
2010.07.26

So often in the world of Ohio Workers’ Comp, employers feel that their inflated premiums are ‘just the cost of doing business’ and there is not much that can be done to help them.  In actuality, the range of what an employer can pay in ...

CATEGORY › BLUE COLLAR WORKPLACE
105
2010.07.23

They’ve extended the unemployment benefits. PHEW! You’ve got the extension. But this may very well be the last so let’s get cracking.  It’s time. We just have to buckle down and make it happen.  And believe. It will happen. You’ve tried it all I’m sure by ...

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2010.07.21

Champion Personnel System, Inc has been contracted and retained by A Major North East Ohio Corporation, to locate a professional Product Compliance Subject Matter Expert for their corporate headquarters located in Amherst Ohio. The person we are seeking will be highly competent in regulations such as ...

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107
2010.07.20

Last fall I attended the Secret Service Summit presented by The DiJulius Group and John DiJulius (author of Secret Service and What’s the Secret?).  The Summit brought together an incredible group of speakers and brand experts sharing their lessons, tips, and strategies ...

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108
2010.07.19

Once a company rejects a workers' compensation claim, the claim will be set for a hearing.  The outcome of the hearing is obviously critical in controlling future workers' compensation premium costs.  A win or loss at the hearing could mean the difference between thousands of ...

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109
2010.07.16

A friend of mine JUST reminded me of this story out of a Harvey Mackay book. It is true, and Harvey is the REAL DEAL. I had the honor to talk with him many times over the phone in the early 1990's regarding his "Sharks" ...

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110
2010.07.16

Money, fame and the envy of millions cannot hold a candle to being able to positively affect the lives of millions, the futures of millions and the futures of generations to come. Literally BILLIONS of people would die for the opportunity to do so. It is ...

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111
2010.07.14

REMEMBER: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month. REMINDER.....  all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls. .... YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS To prevent this, call the following number from your ...

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112
2010.07.13

I wish that we here at Champion had been able to talk to Lebron James before he announced his decision to leave Cleveland and go to the Miami Heat. I wish we had the opportunity to share ideas and strategies with him so that he ...

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113
2010.07.13

Hi Folks Pranksta here, So I have a new prank for you to pull on your co-workers that I’m sure everyone will get a kick out of. Wasabi Gumballs. I know what you’re thinking. What the heck? Hear me out if anyone has ever ...

CATEGORY › BLUE COLLAR WORKPLACE
114
2010.07.13

Many people in the industrial sector haven't a clue how to dress for a job interview.  And when one does....it totally excites the Staffing Expert and puts the candidate to the top of the list when all else is equal. But what works in making a ...

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115
2010.07.12

“Now, if 6 turned up to be 9, I don't mind, I don't mind. If all the hippies cut off their hair, I don't care, I don't care. Did, 'cos I got my own world to live through And I ain't gonna copy you.”  - Jimi Hendrix These are strange words ...

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116
2010.07.08

So, your benefits are running out. You’re feeling the pressure. But you’ve been trying hard to find a job with no luck. When you’re running in panic mode everything shuts down. Aside for the incredible sense of fear seeping through every muscle, you may feel ...

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117
2010.07.07

In a recent CNN article it was noted that factories have jettisoned 2 million jobs over the last (2+) years, but they cannot find QUALIFIED, SKILLED (High Value) workers today. In a related research finding sponsored by The Foundation for Pedantic Information, the Foundation points out ...

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118
2010.07.02

There was an article that I read recently discussing the stigma of being unemployed written by Stephanie Chen of CNN. In it she suggests that hiring authorities and in particular recruiting/staffing companies discriminate against job applicants who are currently collecting unemployment as a “why bother” applicant ...

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119
2010.06.30

I am blessed because I get to do something I love everyday…build relationships with people.  Of course we all do that in our daily interactions with our friends and family, but when one decides to make a career out of creating relationships it becomes even ...

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120
2010.06.29

An excerpt from the book: The Great Workplace 2.0: "For the front lines, hire people who do not read much, and teach them what you want them to know to do their jobs... today. To secure the Future, hire people who are voracious readers. Feed their eyes. ...

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121
2010.06.29

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has started a Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) effective June 18, 2010 which will more than likely lead to larger fines. They will be reviewing your OSHA Recordkeeping logs (Form 300).  You must be up to date and it must ...

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122
2010.06.28

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." – Lord Acton (1834-1902) We’ve probably all heard this phrase at one time or another in our lives.  It is mostly associated with our politicians, some of which who are voted into office again and again because ...

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123
2010.06.28

Champion Personnel is a large staffing service. We pride ourselves on personal service, attempting to give more than others. 47 years in business. 2nd oldest in NE Ohio, and much larger than the oldest. We don't treat people like CATTLE, and don't like organizations who ...

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124
2010.06.27

Ever come upon a person who uses the word “I” more than the any other word in the English language? It’s all about me.   I’ve got a better story than that…and it will always end up being about me.     Or…..when I did that, “I” yada yada, ...

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125
2010.06.23

ALERT: OHIO SUPREME COURT REJECTS OHIO CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION’S INTERPRETATION ON MANDATORY PREGNANCY/MATERNITY LEAVE By: Lois A. Gruhin* In a long-awaited decision, the Ohio Supreme Court rejected the Ohio Civil Rights Commission’s (“OCRC”) attempt to require all employers with four or more ...

CATEGORY › BLUE COLLAR WORKPLACE
126
2010.06.23

Blue Collar Interview Killers 1)     Dress like you don’t care, or are going fishing/hunting. Make sure the baseball cap you wear is dirty, or has “Bud Light” on it (Patch or smell), or even worse: “New York Yankees”. Don’t shave, makes you look macho. 2)     Pour that ...

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127
2010.06.22

After all, there is more to this process than most think, even those that have been through this several times. See if this sounds familiar. It’s Thursday afternoon and your boss approaches, be it your office or the plant floor, and informs you that the company ...

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128
2010.06.21

No, a job interview is not an opportunity to have a group outing!  Seriously?   Are you kidding me?   How serious are you about getting a job or is this just something to do to fill your day before your nail appointment with your girlfriends?  Or ...

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129
2010.06.17

“Collaboration” is a characteristic of The Great Workplace of today and the future, and will be explained in business-detail in another excerpt. This chapter takes a lighter, but more pointed allegorical view of “Collaboration”: “I got 29 ways to get in my baby’s door. And if ...

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130
2010.06.17

Many of you are in the same situation I’m in............. school’s out andyour children are at home for the summer.  But what are they doing?? While you’re at work you don’t want to be worried about what your children are doing at home because they are ...

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131
2010.06.15

They may forget what you said, but they will NEVER forget how you made them feel~Carl W. Buechner I was at my daughter’s softball game the other night and I observed an interaction between 2 team mates that literally sat me back in my seat ...

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132
2010.06.15

I met a gentleman about a week ago who was selling his home.  He had just finalized a long, grueling divorce.  I listened to his story as he gave me the details delivered with a sarcastic bitterness.  In the midst of this discussion he described ...

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133
2010.06.14

Congratulations on the graduation - now it's time to get to work. You probably have a bucket load of student loans to pay off, so there's no time to sit on your laurels. Yesterday I was asked to provide some on-the-fly job seeking advice for new ...

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134
2010.06.10

Hi Ladies and Gentlemen it’s the Pranksta, I have a new prank to pull on co-workers I think everyone will get a kick out of this one. What you will need is to invest in a little thing called the Fart Machine.   It ...

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135
2010.06.09

Many people use social media such as Facebook or MySpace to keep in touch with friends and associates. It used to be that people would speak to their immediate audience and be the person the audience would like them to be. Now in the social media ...

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136
2010.06.09

“We stand to learn more from our explorations into the future we desire, than from the past that continues only in ways that we choose to let it continue. Imagination is in fact a larger learning space than past experience. The only way to romanticize ...

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137
2010.06.09

Loosing your Boomers by Barbara Krecic Boomers can’t afford to retire, right? Why should you worry about making plans to replace them now? Why worry?   Because a statement like that could hurt your business immensely! Let me tell you something, Boomers have learned these last two years to tighten ...

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138
2010.06.08

This is an addendum article to the core of the book and article series on, The Great Workplace 2.0, to define the term "Participant": In The Great Workplace 2.0, we use a term not typically used within “Legacy” (Old Model) organizations. The term is “Participant”. It ...

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139
2010.06.08

QUALITY TIME  By Pamela Glowski I hate the term “time management”.  In my opinion, there is no such thing because TIME in and of itself, can not be “managed”. We all know that there are 24 hours in a day. We can’t negotiate 70 minutes in an ...

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140
2010.06.03

“The Great Workplace 2.0” is an ongoing research and discovery project that has encompassed over 500 interviews of CEO’s, Corporate Managers, Innovators, Business and Social Entrepreneurs, the compilation of over 150 recently published books on business management for the new economy and over 100 “White ...

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141
2010.06.03

Sending job resumes - FINDINGAJOB 101. So you found a company that has an opening.  And you think you fit the bill. Your resume is complete so why not send the resume over as requested by the employer - you think. And you better do it fast ...

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142
2010.06.02

Yes, I am the Gate Keeper by Joy Turner Another name would be receptionist or administrative assistant, there are many titles for the first line of contact when calling into a company, but whatever the title this is one of the most important positions in ...

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143
2010.06.01

Living in Northeast Ohio is really like being married.  The longer you are here the more your love grows for the region.  After time the little things that once irritated you so much, don’t.  Like leaving the toilet seat up or down (hey, it works ...

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144
2010.05.28

Memorial Day…Coming Together by Pamela Glowski Memorial Day…what comes to mind when you think of this day?  Is it Barbeques?  An extra day off from work?  What do you FEEL when you think of Memorial Day?  Is it just another day?  Or do you get an ...

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145
2010.05.28

Memorial Day I'd like to set the pranks aside to honor the real reason for this holiday weekend. This weekend serves as a start to the summer for most families, but for some it serves as a time to remember fallen soldiers, and current soldiers ...

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146
2010.05.28

A Memorial Day doesn’t go by without that elephant sitting on my chest as I fondly remember Michael J. Holtz, one of my extended sons whom I loved dearly.  It’s been three years now that he and another fallen sailor lost their lives while in ...

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147
2010.05.27

Productivity The Secret is in the Plan! By Pamela Glowski “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” As a mother of 4, wife, full time account manager, a daughter, and a friend, I am often ...

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148
2010.05.26

Over the next several weeks, The Great Workplace.com will introduce North East Ohio to a new set of standards for organizations striving to become noted as a Great Place To Work, or as we call it, The Great Workplace 2.0: Each article ...

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149
2010.05.26

As a relatively new beekeeper I am enchanted every evening as I watch the workings of the honeybees’ activities at the end of my workday.  I sit several feet away in front of my two hives in a comfortable chair taking it all in. Their ...

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150
2010.05.25

You’ve got the title, or you own the company. One would think that proper interview techniques are secretly given with the job title. The fact is that MOST people who do interviewing, are neither thoroughly trained to do so, nor have taken the time in ...

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151
2010.05.25

When it comes to budgeting revenue, do you budget only the revenues that you have a direct influence over?  Whether you sell services or products, how good you are at evangelizing your company will dictate how much revenue you receive.  You have a direct correlation ...

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152
2010.05.24

Last September, NorTech in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation and with support from the Fund for Our Economic Future, launched NorTech Energy Enterprise to accelerate commercial activity in Northeast Ohio's advanced energy industry. As part of this initiative, NorTech played a ...

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153
2010.05.21

It’s that time of year again when your co-workers will be planning their summer vacations. Let’s admit it when a co-worker takes a week off for vacation the work load can sometimes double for you.  That week seems like a month sometimes when ...

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154
2010.05.20

What are you thinking about when you leave for work? Everyone has stress. Stress at work, stress at home, money stress…..one thing you don’t want to be worried about is the welfare of your children while you are working. My mom (the best kind of sitter you ...

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155
2010.05.19

So many candidates out there right? As a company who is in search of good, dependable, experienced and qualified candidates you would think that there would be so many available people out there that you’d have no problem finding that position on your own.  But do ...

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156
2010.05.18

In a Colorado Business Magazine Article entitled: ”Top Four HR Challenges for 2010” http://www.cobizmag.com/articles/top-four-hr-challenges-for-2010/ written by Susan Zimmerman, SPHR, MBA, Senior VP – Human Resources for Lincoln Trust Company (her background is primarily Financial Institution HR), Susan concludes that: Legislation, Talent Acquisition, Organizational “Dieting” and ...

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157
2010.05.18

Mentoring by Pamela Glowski In many of the career choices I have made in the past, I learned early on that having a MENTOR that I connect with is the key to success.  If anyone believes that earning a degree or professional certificate qualifies him or ...

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158
2010.05.14

The Hive has died.  The colony fought.  All winter it held on for dear life.  Come spring it became weaker and weaker.  Three weeks ago I gave it a new queen in hopes that she could turn the colony around.  There were not enough honeybees ...

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159
2010.05.13

The following is a conversation between Jimmy and Tommy, who are working security at an Indians baseball game. This dialogue takes place via their walkie-talkies, which are provided to them at every game, obviously for mobile communication. Jimmy: Another home run…go Tribe! We are having ...

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160
2010.05.13

For the majority of Americans and businesses for that matter, living paycheck to paycheck has been the status quo for as long as they can remember.  Nothing left over at the end of the week or month to sock away for a rainy day. Last week, ...

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161
2010.05.12

I found an interesting blog post the other day that reinforced the reason why all employers should recruit thru services like Champion Personnel instead of hiring direct regardless of first impressions!   Why put your company at risk for hiring the wrong person no matter how ...

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162
2010.05.11

Enough is enough! Let’s simply look at it this way: More people are out of work now than 2 years ago. People are getting hired again. Business is picking up. The government is hiring. People and businesses are cautious. The economy is good and bad, depends ...

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163
2010.05.06

When did it happen, the role reversal?  I can’t recall the exact moment when I became the parent and my parent became the child.  It sort of just happened before I even knew it.  But it happened none the less.  I am an official Sandwich ...

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164
2010.05.05

Current, previous and desired. What are/were you making, and (of course) What Do You Want? It comes up in an online application (leave it blank), a phone screen, first interview and on the part of the pre-screener (recruiter) in their first conversation with you, and after ...

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165
2010.05.04

You can NEVER recreate a first impression.  Never! And when that ever elusive first interview comes your way you better be ready to make the best impression possible. Needless to say, your first impression (leaving out your appearance which will be discussed in a later blog) ...

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166
2010.04.28

I’m not the only one … Join in the battle for balance with other working parents As parents we have to make sure we provide a good home and take care of all the needs for our children. This usually means that both mom and dad ...

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167
2010.04.28

I happened upon an interesting blog article recently from Today’s Workplace written by Srikumar Rao.  The article was entitled “Why Positive Thinking is Bad for You”. The title intrigued me because I happen to be a positive thinking person.  I am such a positive person that ...

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168
2010.04.27

The Abacus Over 5000 years ago, in the Orient, an early form of calculation was built using beads strung on wire.  Each bead had a significant meaning.  It was paired with an object. One bead may have represented one animal. Counting was nothing more than matching ...

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169
2010.04.26

International corporation needs to take HR to the next level or professionalism. You will be THE person in the USA to mold and implement new procedures, systems and visions that mesh with a new corporate vision to reach $1 Bil (A substantial boost from where ...

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170
2010.04.23

We here at A Great Workplace believe that all work and no play…are just … wrong. So we’ve decided to add a little levity to your workplace just for fun!  Every Friday we will be sharing…shall we say, prank ideas for the workplace. Humor can sometimes help ...

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171
2010.04.22

There aren’t any magic bullets or magic medicine elixirs that will get you the ultimate job, nor change a bad career to good. You can’t get a “do-over” by watching a David Blaine or Chriss Angell video. You won’t even get great advice from a ...

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172
2010.04.21

And why your career is going nowhere. You are not being “Fully Present”. Is there any doubt in your mind that the little kitty in the picture is TOTALLY focused on the task at hand?  What do you think the odds are that the task will be ...

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173
2010.04.21

There used to be a philosophy of workplace management – and even a book – called Management By Walking Around. For a short time the acronym MBWA was as well known as WWJD. The point was that managers would know and understand their businesses if ...

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174
2010.04.20

By Laura Williams Is Work / Life Balance Really all About Simplifying? You may or may not have heard of it, the KISS principle, or in gentler terms, Keep it Simple Stupid. Simplifying our life at home and work sounds like paradise, but how many working parents ...

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175
2010.04.15

The worst job interview advice I ever got was:  "say, YES to everything".  It was advice I got from my father.  Now, my father gave me a lot of advice – and much of it good.  But, this was not good.  Of course, he was ...

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176
2010.04.14

It really does feel like you’re constantly performing a juggling act when you are married. Then both you and your spouse have careers, add to that a child or a couple children into the mix and often times it seems like no one understands your ...

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177
2010.04.08

Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation did it again! They canceled the necessary help to Ohio’s economy that was found in the original DFWP program, which gave Ohio employers a deeply discounted – 10,15 or 20% premium discount based on the level of involvement in the program, ...

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178
2010.04.08

I never met a Human Resources Director I didn’t like or at least admire! Hire the perfect employee... keep the workplace safe... write policies... manage workers compensation, terminate employees, drug test employees and now, in order to manage rising insurance costs. Make sure all employees ...

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179
2010.04.07

You’ve made the cut. The company's recruiter has called you in to interview for that job you want. Now what? This is an article about what will happen in that interview and how you can best prepare to do your best. There are specific roles of the ...

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180
2010.04.06

Drug-Free Safety Program (DFSP) information   Notice: New Drug-Free Safety Program replaces Drug-Free Workplace Program (DFWP) effective July 1, 2010 The end of DFWP BWC will phase out DFWP effective July 1, 2010. The new program, Drug-Free Safety Program (DFSP), will be available for employers the same ...

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181
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 ...

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182
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 ...

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183
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 ...

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184
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 ...

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185
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 ...

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186
2010.03.28

Excerpts from the Book: The Great Workplace 2.0™ A Great Workplace functions at a higher level of purpose and productivity and is a more interesting place to work than other “normal” organizations. It attracts great talent and it attracts great results…for the customer. It extends its ...

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187
2010.03.24

NO CELL PHONES FOR INTERVIEWS!! If you want to make sure you conduct a poor phone interview with a recruiter or hiring authority, use your cell phone. Yes, I’m an old guy. I was around when phones were the “finger in the dial” kind. It made texting ...

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188
2010.03.23

CHANGE. The professionals in Human Resources have a difficult job that most people do not quite understand, nor appreciate. HR professionals are supposed to be developers of people, systems and environments, but most companies have them cornered into performing duties and responsibilities that turn them into ...

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189
2010.03.23

WELCOME!!! The Great Workplace is proud to announce the birth of its blog! We welcome you to our world and invite you to be apart of it! This blog is for everyone in northeast Ohio! The section marked The Great Workplace is for business owners, hiring ...

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190
2010.03.22

The Anniversary Gift Last weekend I saw something at Larry's Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my interest. The occasion was our 15th anniversary and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife Julie. What I came across was a cute pink pocket/purse- ...

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191
2010.03.17

No one wants to go to a sandbox everyday…unless you’re a kid. It seems like every company has at least one reporter. By that I mean the employee who goes around and gets all the gossip they can find about all the other employees and reports ...

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192
2010.03.17

Send us your stories or anecdotes about workplace gaffs to: workfarce@ajobnearhome.com and we’ll publish it! Basic rules: it has to be clean. Let us know if you want your name, company name to go along with it! Let’s have some fun! Here are a few we ...

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193
2010.03.17

There is an enormous buzz going around “employment land” these days about Drug Tests, how to pass them, how to squeeze by them, how to skunk them, how to make sure employees are drug free and how to assure a safer working environment…for everyone involved. One ...

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2010.03.17

This will drive Paris Hilton and many more selfish people nuts: The interview really is not about you, if you want to get the job. No Really, The Interview Isn’t About YOU! What a surprise to many, many people. You have been told and trained to REALLY ...

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2010.03.17

“This time like all times is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it”: Emerson And we showed that we did not, over the last many years, know what to do with good times. If we did, we would not have ...

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2010.03.17

It’s 3:00 a.m. and you can’t sleep. You keep tossing and turning, thinking about the job opening you saw in the newspaper with the best company in the area. You know the company’s reputation-everyone does. It is good. You are good. It’s a perfect match. ...

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2010.03.16

#1-An applicant was stretched out on the floor to fill out the job application. #2-I was conducting an interview with an applicant who was wearing a Walkman. She said she could listen to me and the music at the same time. #3-A balding job candidate abruptly ...

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198
2010.03.13

The One Who Tells The Stories Rules The World. -Hopi

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2010.03.12

It was one of the first Spring like mornings in Cleveland for a very long time. Wednesday morning, in March waiting for the bus to come before school two little nine year old boys were shooting hoops in the driveway because they just had too ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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203
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 ...

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204
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 ...

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205
2010.03.08

Weirdest Job Seeker Stunts What would you do to get your dream job? Bribe the employer with food or gifts? Hit on the hiring manager? Become a stalker? Job seekers will do almost anything to stand out among the competition. There is no length a candidate won't ...

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2010.03.08

I know you’re sending out resumes but you're never receiving responses. “What color is my parachute? You’ve got to be kidding! Who’s got time for that?” you say. And then before you know it, panic sets in and with that panic comes a sense ...

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2010.03.08

It may be a great motivational article that gives you the momentum you need to land your next challenging job, or a simple tip that moves your career forward in your current position. Work Is Good ® has been designed by true employment professionals to ...

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2010.03.08

We are speaking about THE best workplaces of today and tomorrow, and how they differentiate themselves from the “also-ran” pack of today and yesterday: Throughout our copious research we found these characteristics to be true: 1)     Their door is “Always Open”: “Discovering” new potential employees, board members, ...

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209
2010.03.08

On average, Americans use 70 gallons of water, per person, per day in the home. Add another 100 gallons for outdoor activities. I know, what's the big deal right? Sure, there is water everywhere, but only a small fraction is suitable for consumption. It is ...

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2010.03.08

This segment is built around a real company, real people, real hiring being done. First, the organization has a great growth track record. They are recognized for it, have trophies and plaques, articles and accolades. (As do MANY companies including my own). They are in a ...

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211
2010.03.08

By Kendall Embrescia Ice Skating. Boots. Jackets. Bustier. Pockets. Boat covers. Tents. Prom. School supplies. Car covers. Fashion. Running. Slacks. Punk. Laundry bags. Purses. Horse tack. Baby clothes. Mail carriers. Camera cases. Hip sacks. Halloween. Seduction. Travel. Wallets. Skiing. Matrimony. Jumpsuits. A routinely used mechanism connects ...

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212
2010.03.08

“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 ...

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213
2010.03.05

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 ...

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214
2010.03.05

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. ...

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2010.03.04

I’m tired of talking to people who have not spent more than 3 minutes thinking about their experience before they go on an interview. They get asked “Why should I hire you?” and answer “I have good experience”. Or even worse: “Because I am a ...

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2010.03.04

Ask 10 Professionals in Human Resources, and 10 Hiring Authorities...and you’ll probably get 20 different answers! So, what DO the top HR and Hiring Authorities look for? At least, what do MOST look for in common?: 1)   The basics...spelling, punctuation and grammar. Beyond the obvious it ...

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217
2010.03.04

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 ...

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218
2010.03.03

Regardless of what Human Resource professionals tell their superiors, they can’t and don’t read and truly consider all of them. Work Is Good ® has a unique insight into what Human Resource professionals actually do in responding to applications through ads, internet, help-wanted signs and ...

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219
2010.03.02

Don’t “Self-Reject” You saw a great job on your favorite job board. But, you don’t have everything that the company is asking for. You have some of it, but not all…. should you bother applying? When looking for a new career opportunity, one of the ...

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220
2010.02.16

Over the next several weeks, The Great Workplace.com is going to introduce North East Ohio to a new set of standards for organizations striving to become noted as a Great Place To Work, or as we call it, The Great Workplace 2.0: Each article will ...

CATEGORY › A JOB NEAR HOME
221
2010.01.25

The state of Ohio mines nearly 4,000,000 tons of salt a year! That’s incredible. As a matter of fact, salt was the first mineral to be mined in the state. Data shows that back in the 1700’s, early frontiersman made salt at natural springs in ...

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222
2010.01.17

Why The Platinum Rule for Small Business Mastery Was Written The Platinum Rule for Small Business Mastery was written for business owners and managers who want to get more control over their businesses and achieve more balance in their personal lives. The Platinum Rule helps you, ...

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223
2010.01.13

About 5 years ago a plethora of articles appeared and books were written about the coming “Talent Crisis”. Baby Boomers were finally going to retire from those coveted jobs at the top and make room for the younger generations who were waiting on their couches ...

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224
2009.06.29

Aahhh…coffee. Millions of rise and shiners sip a cup or two, or sometimes five cups of java each morning. The rich and bold roasted aromas characterized to that fresh drip, only identifiable to the café potion, are distinctive to coffee lovers and non-lovers alike. And, ...

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225
2009.06.29

Oh, it’s huge. I mean really big. Gigantic. Enormous. Colossal. Large indeed. It’s one of the world’s most extensive indoor convention centers, period, and it’s located right here in Cleveland. Even the street it sits on is named after the jumbo-normous structure: I-X Center Drive. This ...

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226
2009.06.29

Holy Stokes! Great balls of revival! A place to truly inspire…we are talking about The Cleveland Public Library. The third largest library in the nation, the Cleveland Public Library is held in high regard, prestige and honor, all afforded to the good people of northeast ...

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227
2009.06.29

The largest gathering of twins worldwide, double-down in Twinsburg each August for the annual Twins Days Festival. Sometimes Twinsburg will even see triplets, quadruplets, quintuplets and so on and so forth at the festival. The history of Twinsburg and the gestation of the festival goes like ...

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228
2009.06.29

Bad breath happens to even the best of us. Yep, at one point or another the majority of us will exhale an unpleasant odor into the atmosphere. Not only could this create an immediate schedule change for anyone who may be spending time with you, ...

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229
2009.06.29

It’s unusual to run across a person that doesn’t know about PEZ. You know…the PEZ candy and dispensers. Most of us happily accept the rectangular orange, cherry, lemon or strawberry sugary sweetness when offered, all of which are PEZ’s original fruity flavors. Yep, the candy ...

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230
2009.06.29

Each Labor Day weekend, the Cleveland National Air Show hubs legions of aviation fanatics to Burke Lakefront Airport. A highly superb American event and a national attraction, enthusiasts from all over Northeast Ohio and far-off places trip it to the north coast to witness ...

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231
2009.06.28

Asking for a raise or promotion is not an easy thing to do. Some feel that it’s best not to ask for a promotion, that instead it should come to you. Others have been promised a promotion or raise, but when they reach certain goals, ...

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232
2009.06.01

Congratulations! You have served and you have served well. However, as the marching song goes, “You’ll never get rich by digging a ditch, you’re in the Army now,” and you need to get back to work. Your Transition Assistance personnel at the base may have assisted ...

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233
2009.05.13

There are several things you can do to make recycling easier and more effective.  Here are some tips to help you get started: Create a home recycling area. You will only need a few storage bins. If you have curbside service that accepts mixed loads of ...