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Archive: November, 2012

Twinkie talk: When a union boss disagrees with his boss

Friday, November 16, 2012, 1:11 PM
Even a union boss has a boss, which is the situation Bob Ryder found himself in during the toe-to-toe standoff at Hostess Brands Inc -- maker of Wonder Bread and Twinkies. The long-troubled company, which operates bakeries around the country and a plant in Northeast Philadelphia, threatened that it... Read more

Dream jobs: Athletes, reporters, teachers, astronauts

Thursday, November 15, 2012, 12:31 PM
Remember when you thought about what you wanted to be when you grew up? How many of you are doing your dream job? LinkedIn surveyed 8,000 professionals to find out how many were working in their dream jobs or in jobs related to them. The answer is three in ten. “The dream jobs we aspire to... Read more

The jobs deficit: In the hole until 2024?

Friday, November 9, 2012, 3:10 AM
The election is over, but the challenge of putting America back to work remains -- big time. So big time that it's extremely discouraging to economists such as Heidi Shierholz at the Economic Policy Institute. The bottom line? We need 378,000 new jobs a month over three years to get to where we were... Read more

For emails, terse is worse -- at college, on the job

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 3:45 AM
Maybe it's because she once was a reporter, but a friend of mine who now teaches at Temple University used to be terse when it came to writing emails to her students. Her new conclusion? Terse is worse. The lesson from the professor is to tailor emails to the audience, and it doesn't hurt to be humanoid... Read more

Voters raise minimum wages

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 2:24 PM
In other election news, low-paid workers will get raises due to ballot initiatives in three cities. In Albuquerque, the minimum wage will rise from $7.50 to $8.50 an hour, starting in January, with automatic cost-of-living increases, a move that may affect 40,000 or one-seventh of the city's workers... Read more

The problem with executive comp: Employees are paid too little

Monday, November 5, 2012, 2:09 PM
"The problem may not be that executives are paid too much, but that employees are paid too little," writes corporate consultant in Donald P. Delves in the most recent issue of Directors and Boards, a trade magazine that focuses on corporate board governance. In his column, Delves credits a reporter... Read more

Keeping the rower employees engaged at La Salle

Friday, November 2, 2012, 4:55 AM
A proof of employee engagement, experts say, is that staffers fully understand their organization's mission and can articulate their role in it. If that's the case, the nine people working for La Salle University registrar Dominic Galante are fully engaged. That's what struck me when I visited Galante... Read more
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