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Archive: November, 2010

Unemployment or hiring: CFOs predict both

Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 11:15 AM
Even though just over half of chief financial officers surveyed by Baruch College and Financial Executives International expect their companies to hire in the next six months, they also expect the unemployment rate to to stay above or at nine percent at least until October 2011. Those that are adding... Read more

How much is too much?

Monday, November 29, 2010, 3:55 AM
Employers everywhere wrestle with just how far they can push wellness initiatives on their workforces without alienating them and crossing some invisible big brother boundary into their non-work lives. Compensation director Steven Johnson would like to push it a lot further than he does now. In my... Read more

Yet another indignity

Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 12:07 PM
Rashidah Johnson didn't mean to cry at Monday's vigil for the unemployed held at the Arch Street Methodist Church, but as she spoke, her voice was thick with tears. Here she was, 39 years old, and back in her old bedroom in her parents' home because she lost her job and could no longer pay her rent... Read more

Are nurses to blame for violence?

Friday, November 12, 2010, 4:15 PM
Nurses are writing to me about the violence they face at work. A nurse from Jefferson said when she went to court after being beat up by a patient, the judge made her feel like it was her fault. A nurse from Einstein wrote saying she considered herself lucky to have only been kicked. A colleague was... Read more

Trouble in the psych ward

Thursday, November 11, 2010, 5:05 AM
Nurses and health professionals in psychiatric units face violence on the job. No one wants to stigmatize the mentally ill -- and that's the part of the awkwardness in these kinds of topics. But, there are people who, either because of delusions or intoxication or drugs or some vicious combo lash out... Read more

A plan for nurse safety

Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 12:23 PM
Everyone of the nurses I spoke with for my story on the violence nurses face on the job had either experienced physical violence themselves, or knew someone who had. While unacceptable, some of the violence seems inevitable given the conditions in emergency rooms and psychiatric facilities. But, I... Read more

Will GOP change delay hiring?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 12:27 PM
If there's one lesson I've learned in covering business, it's that business people crave stability of above all. Even a negative regulation is better than a changing regulation. Change can paralyze businesses, as they stay on the sidelines with hiring or product development, waiting to see how the... Read more

Jobs, Democrats and a look at the numbers

Friday, November 5, 2010, 11:43 AM
No doubt President Obama and the Democrats were wishing this morning that the first Friday of the month, when the jobs numbers come out from the Department of Labor, had occurred after the first Tuesday of the month, Election Day. Maybe a positive number like 150,000 jobs created, mostly by the private... Read more

Odelia's big break

Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 4:20 AM
If you grew up in a family where your parents, uncles and aunts all attended college, you tend to think it's an automatic rite of passage. But that wasn't the case in Odelia McFadden's family. The youngest of five children in a family headed by a single parent, Odelia, 21, a graduate of Olney High... 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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