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Archive: March, 2012

As basic as 2+2 = 4

Monday, March 26, 2012, 1:00 PM
"People don't walk around with the memory of a cylinder formula in their head," writes a reader and he's right. He raises a question about what constitutes basic knowledge that we all should bring with us to the job, and for that matter, life. And, conversely, what does an employer owe in terms of... Read more

Company hands out employee names, numbers

Monday, March 26, 2012, 6:21 PM
Why would AlliedBarton Security Services, the Conshohocken-based security guard company, give the names, addresses and phone numbers of its Philadelphia employees to the Service Employees International Union, SEIU Local 32BJ? That's a question that the Philadelphia Securities Officers Union posed... Read more

When loyalty to workers hurts more than it helps

Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 3:00 AM
Easy enough to slam business owners or paint them as heartless capitalists working to milk their companies by dis-investing in their equipment or people. But so far this year, I've heard from two business owners who, out of loyalty to their employees, delayed layoffs beyond the point of fiscal wisdom... Read more

Coffee and the power of habit

Friday, March 16, 2012, 9:32 AM
What if a sustained focus on safety changed everything in a sagging business? That's what happened at Alcoa, when Paul O'Neill took over in 1987 and it's one of the most fascinating chapters in the "The Power of Habit -- Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business," a book by New York Times writer Charles... Read more

The cost of working

Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 12:27 PM
Do you work in an office? Do you spend $195 a week on all expenses associated with your commute, plus purchases that you make nearby your building or on you way to and from work? Can't imagine it, really, even with the cost of gasoline being what it is. The statistics come from the International Council... Read more

You are what you tweet

Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 11:31 AM
Last night I dreamed about search engine optimization. What a nightmare. Not the dream, but the idea of dreaming about search engine optimization. (Definition: Working to become one of the top listings on Google.) The seed for my dream was planted by Wil Reynolds, the founder of a search engine optimization... Read more

Working safe

Monday, March 5, 2012, 12:24 PM
Workplace violence makes headlines, but day-to-day, workers are more impacted by injuries that occur in the line of duty. One of the groups most likely to be injured are healthcare workers, with 489.4 incidents for every 10,000 workers. Over-exertion causes half those injuries. Looking at specific... Read more

Repairing the jobs pipeline

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 11:28 AM
There's been a lot of talk about the skills gap in the education/job pipeline, but Michael A. Lucas, the administrative director, aka, the principal of the North Montco Technical Career Center (aka, the vo-tech high school) told a group of local manufacturers on Wednesday that he'd do everything he... 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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