January, 2005

Is Free Speech Important?

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Research on the "Future of the First Amendment" found that of nearly 100,000 students surveyed, only 51% of students agreed that newspapers should be allowed to publish freely without government approval of stories. Also, 83% of students compared with 98% of teachers and principals agree that people should be allowed to express unpopular opinions. One can only guess at what the other 17% think

It's the People, Stupid

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Shelly Lazarus, the CEO of advertising agency Ogilvy and Mather was given this great advice from her legendary boss David Ogilvy "No matter how much time you spend thinking about, focusing on, questioning the value of, and evaluating people, it won''t be enough. People are the only thing that matters, and the only thing you should think about, because when that part is right, everthing else works

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Do Females Lack Innate Aptitude in Math and Science?

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There has been a lot of hubbub around Harvard University President Lawrence Summers'' recent ponderings on why there are so few women in the sciences. One of his speculations was that maybe men and women have "innate differences" in science and math aptitude. To his credit, Summers wasn''t stating this as fact or as his personal belief but suggested it as a possibility worthy of further study

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Buzzword Alert: Part 2

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A quick follow up to yesterday''s post about Onboarding. It looks like someone reached the HR buzzword czar before me. The new word for the termination process has already been selected. And you really have to like the word Onboarding in order to appreciate this new word. In fact if Onboarding ever changes then we will find ourselves in a bit of a buzzword crisis. Any guesses for those of you like

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Buzzword Alert: Onboarding

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Anyone have any idea who is in charge of creating HR industry buzzwords? I really want to have a talk with him or her. The word I''m thinking about today is "Onboarding." What is employee onboarding? It''s what we used to call the hiring and orientation process. I''m not sure exactly why we need a new word to describe this but I bet it will make it easier to sell products and services related to

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Office Toys - The Cubes

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In the We''re All Still Kids Pretending To Be Grown Ups department -- Have you seen The Cubes yet? The Cubes are a clever "playset for adults" with miniature office workers and cubicles plus mini file cabinets, computers, phones and cube decor. The website also has a Job Title Generator so you can assign titles to your workers. You push the button to get three word combos such as: Domestic

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Exit Interviewing by Catbert?

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When is the academic community going to learn that HR has no intention of using what you say in an exit interview against you? In an article in the Washington post, an Associate Professor from the University of Maryland warns departing employees that if they say negative things in an exit interview then the company might in turn say bad things about them in a reference or bar them from future

Shirley Chisholm Inspired Dreams

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A quick tribute to Shirley Chisholm the first African American congresswoman. I can remember being back in elementary school when Congresswoman Chisholm ran for President. The first woman ever to seek the Democratic nomination. It didn''t seem far fetched when I was at that age that a woman could become President. Shirley Chisholm was a woman who gave dreams to both women and minorities

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Procrastination

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Popular blog Boing Boing posted a link to a funny cartoon animation about procrastination. It''s called Get My Stuff Done. But we''re all too busy in HR to procrastinate, right? Enjoy. Beth C

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2020 Report: The Future of HR

Paycor asked more than 500 leaders of medium and small businesses to talk about the present and future of HR. Download the guide and see what they said. Their responses will surprise you!

Article Looks at Honesty in Exit Interviews

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Don''t miss the article about online exit interviews in Sunday''s Boston Globe BostonWorks section. The article discusses whether or not employees are more open and honest in online exit interviews than in face to face exit meetings