The Permanent Record

Perhaps it was because I’m Chinese American and my Chinese parents were rather crazed about education.  I did graduate high school with a 4.2 GPA and considered myself an academic

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I was reading a post on 2010 (originally attributed to Joyce Gioia, but without a link).  ((Quick note to my fellow bloggers, Even though I don’t always link, I do

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No pun intended. But I’m troubled and I don’t get it. This morning the acting CFO over at Freddie Mac committed suicide.  He was brought in after the bailout, so

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Karen Beaman states that the workforce is changing: Multi-Generational – we are are now seeing up to four generations of workers working simultaneously in the workplace — Veterans, Boomers, X’ers,

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We keep talking about Gen Y Milennials.  They are after all the next unknown generation of workers, and they are “different.”  However, we can’t ignore the Gen X’ers either.  As

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So much collaboration used to happen around “water cooler conversations.”  These may have been informal lunches, chats in the halls, and even chats next to the water cooler in the

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I’m not usually very interested in mainstream work technologies from the standpoint of systematicHR.  However, I was listening to yet another ZDnet interview with a CIO (this time with Ray

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Knowledge@Wharton wrote a few months ago about a “new” phenomenon within middle manager ranks. A number of men and women in middle management are increasingly reluctant to take the next

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It seems I make a point of talking about the millennial generation (those emerging into the workforce now), and how there seems to be a perception that they are less

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The other day I was visiting a client site and was struck by how recent financial difficulties experienced by the client had impacted the workforce. As part of my job,

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Many of us who read systematicHR are in the same situation. We’re good at what we do, we’re over-worked, we’re committed to achievement, and our employers expect us to succeed.

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A lot has been written about the connection between low employee morale and stress.  In fact, Melissa Bushman even claims it to be  “The most common cause of low employee morale.”

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Do a Google search on “employee morale” and you will get “about 1,020,000 hits”.  Evidently, it’s a pretty hot topic!  Actually, after I went through all the million plus hits,

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There’s a lot more to the Universum survey that I have time to go into or interpret including top employer brands cut into multiple categories and such.  What I found

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  The other day, I came across an interesting graph a client of mine had copied from a BusinessWeek article.  I’ve been trying to find it online, to no avail. 

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Your grandfather probably worked to live. Your mother and father most likely fired to make a living. Your children will be working to define a life. – Jeff Hunter, 2006

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I’ve been in all sorts of situations.  From the smelly guy, to the office in front of the kitchen, to sitting behind the cell phone guy.  The woman who had

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The Edelmann blog highlights a New York Times article analyzing the affect of vacation time (or lack of) on employee engagement and turnover within the younger generation of workers (not

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In the “talent war” discussion, there is now even more room for concern. While we have always realized that growing retiree populations were decreasing the availability of senior talent, the

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Prior posts in this series Talent Part 1 – The Rules of Talent Talent Part 2 – HCI on Talent and Engagement Talent Part 2 – Talent Part 3 –

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