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It's the most wonderful day of the year

Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 4:30 AM
It's the day before Christmas, but the day before Thanksgiving is Reading Terminal Market General Manager Paul Steinke's favorite day of the year. "That’s the day when the market, as a Thanksgiving shopping tradition and a food shopping tradition, is at its peak," Steinke said during our Leadership... Read more

City bureaucracy is a challenge for Reading Terminal merchants

Monday, December 23, 2013, 3:35 AM
Being an unofficial mentor, of sorts, for the small businesses at the Reading Terminal Market, Paul Steinke, the market's general manager, can see the challenges small businesses face. One of them? Dealing with the city of Philadelphia's bureaucracy. "I think the city, for a very long time, has struggled... Read more

The corporate climb: Moving up, around for UPS

Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 4:15 AM
Jill Schubert wanted to make sure that I understood something very well -- at least intellectually, if I couldn't relate to it emotionally. The fact that Schubert, now president of UPS' Chesapeake District, has moved at least seven times in her 32-year UPS career should not be viewed as a hardship... Read more

At UPS: Management by hairy eyeball

Monday, December 16, 2013, 4:05 AM
Because Jill Schubert keeps a neat office, she didn't need to look long to find a unique artifact of her management style -- a transparent rubber ball with veined eyeball floating in it. "I take this to a meeting and I roll my hairy eyeball at them," said Schubert, who is president of UPS' Chesapeake... Read more

Turnabout: Management salutes union leader

Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 4:15 AM
Yes, it's rare for a union to give an award to management -- and the vice versa isn't common either. But it does happen. For some perspective when reporting an advance story on Saturday's union awards banquet honoring management, I talked to Patrick Eiding, who heads Philadelphia's largest labor... Read more

Fun for CEOs: Relentless pressure

Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 4:45 AM
What does it take to be an executive? Frankly, Philip Rinaldi's answer was boring, until he began to elaborate during our Leadership Agenda interview, published in Monday's Inquirer. "Thank God I was born with a good attitude," he said. (That was the boring part -- I was worried that a sermon was... Read more

Lions, jackals and political animals at Philadelphia oil refinery

Monday, December 9, 2013, 4:00 AM
Sometimes, in this business, you get a great quote and it makes the whole day. When I asked Philip Rinaldi, chief executive of Philadelphia Energy Solutions, what it was like to get an award from the union workers in his South Philadelphia oil refinery, he said, "I suppose, there’s a feel of... Read more

Union leader adjusts, happily, to peace on the job

Thursday, December 5, 2013, 3:55 AM
Weird, union leader Jim Savage said, happily. His union, United Steelworkers Local 10-1, was getting along so well with the new owners of the former Sunoco South Philadelphia refinery, that he had to shift his entire perspective. He said he rarely had to scuffle with the new owners of the refinery... Read more

A dark time in QVC's past

Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 4:00 AM
This year, QVC Inc. chief executive Mike George predicts a decent holiday shopping season for the $8.5 billion television and online retailer. "I think we can cut through whatever headwinds we have from an uneven economic recovery," he said. Five years ago, in November, 2008, it was an entirely different... Read more

At QVC, new execs do nothing -- boss's orders

Monday, December 2, 2013, 4:00 AM
When QVC CEO Mike George hires top executives to join the $8.5 billion West Chester-based television and internet retailer, he gives them an unusual first order: Do nothing. "I"m going to give you the greatest gift you could ever get in your life," he said he tells them, as they listen with mouths... Read more
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Jobbing covers the workplace – employment, unemployment, management, unions, legal issues, labor economics, benefits, work-life balance, workforce development, trends and profiles.

Jane M. Von Bergen writes about workplace issues for the Inquirer.

Married to a photographer she met at her college newspaper, Von Bergen has been a reporter since fourth grade, covering education, government, retailing, courts, marketing and business. “I love the specific detail that tells the story,” she says.

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