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Archive: November, 2009

Good news, bad news

Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 3:55 AM
The bad news is that the job situation is horrible. The good news is that Philadelphia could be a lot worse off, or at least that's the message from, a job search engine. Juju took the number of Philadelphia job openings posted on the array of websites it mines and compared it to the U.S.... Read more

Supporting our troops

Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 4:20 PM
Veterans Day has come and gone, but the tribulations of soldiers and their families continue. I didn't know this, but 48 percent of our available military power are in National Guard and Reserve forces. Unlike other members of the military who join the Army, or the Air Force, these men and women work... Read more

The wasting-money Blues

Monday, November 16, 2009, 4:10 AM
Reader Doris Digilio, a senior citizen from Flourtown in Montgomery County, said she's not surprised that Independence Blue Cross is trying to cut costs by asking employees to take early retirement -- not with the way they throw money around. She and her husband each subscribe to the same plan Personal... Read more

The right number

Friday, November 13, 2009, 3:25 AM
Last week, on Friday, the U.S. Labor Department released its monthly report on the national job situation. The headline, of course, was the top number, the 10.2 percent unemployment rate. Earlier this week I got a call from Karen, who lives in New Jersey. She said that the number doesn't tell the... Read more

First buy soap

Thursday, November 12, 2009, 3:00 AM
Any of us who have worked on a job for any length of time can probably trade top-this-tales of inept managers, but one of the trickiest of the inept-manager scenarios arises when a co-worker is promoted out of the ranks of the great unwashed into the role of supervisor. First, buy soap, or at least... Read more

Dancing on the grave

Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 3:55 AM
One positive side (if there can be a positive side) to all the bloodletting on the job can be the opportunity for advancement. No one wants to dance on a grave, but... But, here's the problem. At the same time companies are promoting to fill management holes, they may also be cutting training budgets... Read more

SEPTA strike: Too much vitriol

Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 3:45 AM
Lots of vitriol yesterday on my voice mail and email, mostly about the SEPTA workers. One or two had some racial epithets for Willie Brown, head of the union. One suggested that vets returning from the war replace the drivers, especially "that fat one," whoever that is. One said he'd like... Read more

Swiss miss

Monday, November 9, 2009, 4:30 AM
This blows my mind -- six of the top 10 staffing agencies (based on global staffing revenue in U.S.) are foreign-owned. I guess I should be glad, since Von Bergen is a Swiss name, that Adecco, the number one company with annual sales of $29.36 billion in the U.S., has its headquarters in Glattbrugg... Read more

What if he doesn't take his drugs?

Thursday, November 5, 2009, 4:45 AM
What about this scenario? A company hires an excellent tech worker who does a great job, but then decides, for whatever reason, to go off the drugs that keep his bipolar tendencies in check. Weirdness at work ensues and the excellent worker isn't able to do his job in the same way. Now what? Under... Read more

Turning the ship

Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 4:55 AM
About midway through the morning last Friday, Stuart Ishimaru, the acting chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, took a break from listening to testimony about changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act to talk about changes at the EEOC. Some critics of the ADA amendments... 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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