Many companies have policies in place that they deem appropriate to address health and safety concerns or the professional image required in face-to-face interaction with customers. There’s been a tendency towards a business-casual approach to workplace dress. Companies recognize policies that are too restrictive can lead to decreased employee morale.
In the last several years, I have noticed a proliferation of tests, multiple interviews and brainteasers used in the interview process. Is all of this necessary to find good employees? No would be my answer.
Age catches up with everyone but with companies looking to trim costs and go leaner and meaner, and in many cases younger and cheaper, these are some of the most challenging times for an older job hunter.
With its built-in readership’s desire to be inspired, enlightened, informed, or just merely told something they don’t already know, business advice is a major industry. But no matter how many books come out, few are even good enough to admit to having read, let alone are considered essential reading. The solution to this problem is simple: replace the authors.
We have spent decades and millions of debt dollars trying to convince people to go to college and get that perfect job. In the meantime, we have thousands of skilled positions that go unfilled (truck drivers, plumbers, electricians etc) every year. Our entire education system is designed to push people to continuously seek higher education or out on the street. The problem is that not everyone is suited to go to college.
Recently, there was an investigation of my department and some people were let go, with cause, after it was completed. Since then, I have witnessed and reported other employees doing the same actions that got the other people fired.
Lots of news outlets contact experts around this time of year to ask them for their predictions for the year ahead. But not like we do. No, we asked a handful of experts to do something special. Each expert has provided us with three headlines for 2013.
Mike Hayes heads up Momentum Specialized Staffing in Phoenix and describes Mike Shaldjian of Media Watch AZ as more liberal than most. Shaldjian takes that comment as a badge of honor and is a huge supporter of President Obama.