August 2008 14
If you’re a manager – and stop me if you’ve heard this one before – it really helps your employees to not be a jerk. The Onion recently released this “study” that, as is typical of the satire newsmagazine, made me laugh: “Not Being an A**hole May Boost Employee Morale.” Ah, it’s funny because it’s true.
As a refugee former employee at a company that made the dysfunctional atmosphere of Wernham Hogg look like Google, I can relate (more than I’d prefer to) with David Silverman’s recent post in the Harvard Business Review about the “11 Habits of the Worst Boss I Ever Had.”
In retrospect, however, I’ll admit that, perhaps it wasn’t so much that my boss was a terrible manager, but just that she didn’t understand my work habits anymore than I understood her management style, and this discrepancy became a major source of conflict.
Today, CareerBuilder.com announced the launch of CareerBuilder Institute, a site designed to help workers improve their skill sets and make themselves more marketable through online courses.
The courses are designed and created by leading industry specialists and content is gathered from years of research in areas such as: computer, business, and management and leadership skills, sales and language training, licensing and certifications, and various assessments.
How much election coverage should your co-workers really be covering?
It’s safe to say that the hype of the upcoming U.S. presidential election isn’t going to die down anytime soon. The dust barely had time to settle from Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at last week’s Democratic National Convention before the drama surrounding Sarah Palin, John McCain’s newly announced vice presidential candidate, caught on media fire.
If your company is making a conscious decision to “go green” – and not just for appearance’s sake – I genuinely applaud you. Just don’t make the same mistake that Texas-based canning company WHH Ranch did, using shredded checks from a nearby bank to package their shipped goods to customers.
As good as their intentions might’ve been, they probably could’ve made a wiser decision about which paper products they chose to recycle…perhaps something a little less identity-thefty, no?
I gave a pretty interesting interview last week. In this interview, I tried a new technique that could be called 3-dimensional interviewing. You should know up front that I made a big interviewing mistake a few years ago and suffered tried to make it work for about eight months before finally concluding that I had to let an employee go. As a result of this experience, I’ve spent a lot of time researching and trying different interviewing techniques to hopefully avoid such a mistake in the future.
It’s Wednesday, and it’s been a hellish week already. You’re sitting at a swank bar in town (read: cheesy chain establishment that’s conveniently located across the street from your office) with the usual happy hour crew, and the waitress is giving you looks while desperately trying to swipe your second – or is it your fifth? – vodka tonic from your hands.
Today, CareerBuilder.com and the Inavero Institute announced the upcoming release of a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive staffing industry guide. The guide is based on a nationwide three-year study among more than 1,500 staffing industry clients and 8,800 job candidates.
The study, scheduled to be published in full on September 26, 2008, identifies key opportunities and insights for staffing firms related to topics such as improving brand awareness, communication and the overall user experience.