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Archive: April, 2010

Next up, a global team

Monday, April 26, 2010, 3:55 AM
If Temple University wanted to create an advertisement to showcase its diversity, it could have saved itself a lot of work by photographing the winners of the Be Your Own Boss Bowl sponsored by Temple's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute and its Fox School of Business of Temple. The winners... Read more

Back-in-the-saddle etiquette

Friday, April 23, 2010, 12:05 PM
With the job market picking up, some people who had lost their jobs are beginning to return to the workplace. Yes, it was tremendously scary and upsetting to lose your job. And as happy as you are to see that paycheck again, it may be a little bit scary to go back to work. Skills may be rusty, and... Read more

Adrianna, Shannon, Jane and the rest of the tribe

Thursday, April 22, 2010, 11:14 AM
Because I have two college-aged children myself, I often think about their future and their job prospects. Their lives have a way of stirring up past memories and emotions from my life and the way I've felt about my work. In short, I love my work and I always have -- since I began it in fourth grade... Read more

Pay cuts and the market

Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 3:15 AM
Yesterday I wrote about how much "fun" I had reading an SEC filing for CDI Corp., the Philadelphia-based staffing company that specializes in engineering. That was my Friday afternoon reading as I waited to hear about the state of negotiations between Temple University Hospital and the Pennsylvania... Read more

Top, middle and bottom

Monday, April 19, 2010, 12:09 PM
OK, it's not romance novel with a hot, hot, hot description of ..., or even a quirky English murder mystery (last one I read had the victim planted head first into a pot like a bizarre plant), but last week's SEC filing by CDI Corp. did manage to keep me interested Friday afternoon while I sat around... Read more

Ratios aren't just numbers

Friday, April 16, 2010, 3:10 AM
Hospital staffing levels and nurse-patient ratios are more complicated than I thought. Right now, all the people in health care are saying, "well, duh!" But I write for the rest of us. (And can I say that this is what I love, love, love about my job? The exposure to interesting ideas!) About... Read more

Count him out

Thursday, April 15, 2010, 3:35 AM
Richard, I'll call him, lives in Chester, is 59 and unemployed, so when the U.S. Census Bureau started advertising for census takers, he applied for the job. After all $17.75 an hour is decent pay, even for temporary work. But the Census has made it all but impossible for him to get a job, Richard... Read more

Lipstick on a pig

Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 3:00 AM
Towers Watson's findings on Consumer-Directed Health Plans published in Human Resource Executive Online come as no surprise to me. The findings show, the online publication said, that these plans are no more effective than any others in driving down costs over time, despite the theory that if consumers... Read more

Help from the pros

Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 11:46 AM
If there's any group that knows better than most how pathetic the job market remains, it is the Greater Valley Forge Human Resource Association, a professional group for human resource people. As companies downsized, many of these people lost their jobs. Many had the tough job of laying others off... Read more

Jolt By Juju

Monday, April 12, 2010, 12:20 PM
As usual, Philadelphia finds itself right in the middle when it comes to job availability, according to a recent study by, an online aggregator of job postings. According to its calculations, there are four unemployed people for every job opening advertised online that Juju was able to catch... 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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