While you were busy buying the ingredients for True Grits, Winter’s Boneless Buffalo Wings and 127 Layer Dip, suddenly having a new appreciation for your own parents, and seeing this bit of news coming a mile away, here’s what was happening in the world of workforce management this week…
- Where is Sally Field when you need her? With anti-union efforts cropping up in many states now, protests are being planned nationwide to protest these efforts, something that experts fear will weaken the struggling labor movement even further. (NPR)
- Well, at least we didn’t name our children ‘Facebook’… The U.S. now has the distinction of having “the most family-hostile public policy in the developed world,” according to reports this week that we are one of only three nations – out of 181 studied by Harvard and McGill universities – that don’t guarantee working mothers leave with compensation. Our mothers would be so proud if they weren’t so busy working. (Bloomberg)
- America’s CEOs decide to switch it up a bit. In an effort to generate fresh ideas without hiring new management, many U.S. companies have begun asking executives to take on unfamiliar roles within the organization. It’s like “Wife Swap” but with more power suits and fewer tears. (Wall Street Journal)
- Pension envy divides private and public workers. Private workers who want the same benefits as public employees may find less to complain about as state and local governments struggle to continue offering these benefits. (NPR)
- Charlie Sheen manages to show up every employee who’s ever only bashed his boss on Twitter. After “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen made a series of very public criticisms about his boss, Chuck Lorre, CBS announced that it is halting production on its top show. The incident highlights the dilemma many employers face when star employees start showing erratic behavior. (AdAge)
- Rhode Island finds all-new way to drag down employee morale. In what is sure to be the least fun surprise ever, the nearly 2,000 teachers in Rhode Island who received termination notices this week will have to wait until the end of the school year to find out if they have a job next year. (CNN)
- Businesses seem to be doing quite well for themselves, thankyouverymuch. In what seems to be a hopeful sign for the job market, a new survey from Towers Watson shows that many large and medium-sized employers are doing away with hiring freezes and plan to give workers their highest wage increase in three years. (CBS MoneyWatch)
- Be careful when hating on the world’s oldest profession. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to ban prostitution in Nevada, saying it is hurting that it is bad for the economy. Shockingly, not everyone is keen on this idea. (Slate.com)
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