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Bain Capital helps kill another iconic American company

  via inthesetimesarticle20600how-private-equity-killed-toys-r-us Once Toys R Us was taken over, however, the debt [that] Vornado Realty, KKR and Bain used to acquire it was pushed back onto the company, skyrocketing it... read more

New suit for homeless man = new job

  Great story! See ksl?sid=42989915&nid=148 It was about as low as you can get, but Smith decided to at least make it to the new year. When he went on ksl to look for jobs, he saw a story KSL did on a Utah company giving suits to... read more

Another headhunter email

  I know they're just doing their jobs, but headhunters (job recruiters) can be some of the most dehumanizing people I've ever had to deal with. Because of that, I like to have a little fun at their expense whenever possible. Here's a recent email exch... read more

Job offer

  Got the below email today. Probably because they saw that I have several books on Amazon (here, here and ... read more

Employee's sarcastic resignation note

  Good one! via Employee's Sarcastic Resignation Note Tells It Like It Is This employee had simply had enough so they decided to tell their boss how it really is before they walked out the door. ... read more

One-fifth of U.S. workers were laid off in past five years

  via latimesbusinessla-fi-layoffs-unemployment-jobs-economy-20140924-story.html Nearly 40% said it took more than seven months to find employment and about one in five of laid-off workers said all they could ... read more

Working for someone else

  Something I've always hated about working for someone else (in the corporate setting, at least) is that you're expected to believe (or convincingly pretend) that the people in positions above you are in fact superior to you. Of course, that has never... read more

Staying healthy on the job

  Good article on staying healthy on the job, plus just plain staying at that job. via 6-ways-to-save-your-life-and-your-company ... you c... read more

Switzerland shows US how to handle CEOs

  Switzerland Shows US How to Handle CEOs. Here in the United States, had the minimum wage kept pace with productivity since the 1960s it would now be ... read more

How Amazon works staff 'to the bone'

  Walk 11 miles a shift and pick up an order every 33 seconds... how Amazon works staff 'to the bone' Internet giant Amazon works its warehouse staff 'to the bone' in long and relentl... read more

Corporate welfare vs. social welfare spending

  via Corporate Welfare Vs. Social Welfare Spending ... It's Not Just A $40 Billion Gap. Market subsidies, market protections, market interventions, regulatory favors, favorable legislation, legal protections, ex-post fac... read more

America's re-shoring of jobs is accelerating

  Good! via America's Re-shoring of Jobs Is Accelerating. Over the past couple of years, we've projected an improvement in U.S. manufacturing competitiveness by 2015 that would help drive an American manufacturing r... read more

45 percent of American jobs will be done by computers in 20 years

  And then the "third stage" (my words, not theirs) will be when people realize how irritating and stupid these computers are.Consumers, otherwise known as "people," will stop using services that are overly-computerized, and bosses everywhere will be f... read more

Free lunch ... or is it?

   I've been chosen (with 5-6 others) to "Have Lunch With ****!" (one of the VP's at work) tomorrow. I've been instructed to "come prepared to discuss real issues and solutions" regarding my job. Not looking forward to it. At least it's a free lunc... read more

Minimum wage adjusted for inflation

  I don't agree that this is a valid calculation.But, for what it's worth, my brother sent this out recently. 50 years ago the minimum wage was 1.25 (1963).See dol.govwhdminwagechart.pdf. A 1963 dime (90% silver) is now worth 1.9 19 ... read more

Feds give laid off Boeing workers a big helping hand

  The Labor Department ruling also means that if laid-off Boeing workers need to travel, say to California, for a job interview, the government will reimburse 90 percent of the costs. via ... read more

The 1% and what do they do for a living

  from Who are the 1%, and what do they do for a living? A lot of emphasis is on the "99%" versus the "1%" in these protests. But who are the 1% and what do they do for a living? Are they all Wilt Chamberlains and ... read more

The jobs number is bs says former head of bls

  The Jobs Number Is BS Says Former Head Of BLS. After every non-farm payroll report we provide our own breakdown of what the real unemployment rate is in a country in which the labor force participation rate has not been adjusted t... read more

Food for thought

  via dreamslaughter: Food For Thought. The corporation is a true Frankenstein's monster, an artificial person run amok, responsible only to its own soulless self. — William Dugger ... read more

Support corporate criminals or social justice

  via ? | Intrepid Report. During Clinton's presidency 45% of all income gains went to the top 1%.During Bush's presidency 65% of all income gains went to the top 1%.During Obama's presidenc... read more

Think tank community that's doing its best to control the world

  "The corporate-policy network is highly centralized, at both the level of individuals and that of organizations. Its inner circle is a tightly interwoven ensemble of politically active business leaders; its organizational core includes the Trilateral... read more

First day of school, I mean, work

  Feels like the first day back at school after summer vacation, except in this case it's not even summer yet and I'll be starting a new job, not school, today. I hope it lasts longer than the last few jobs! I have had a string of incredible ba... read more

A week of testing

  Took a test yesterday. Hope I passed! New job depends on it! Hope I did better than the previous day's job-related test. That one was on Windows 7 and 2008 techie stuff, and I just haven't kept up with Win 7, not as a tech, especially in regard to it... read more

Micro gigs

  Interesting article on "micro gigs" via welcome-to-the-micro-gig-no-job-is-too-small A crush of apps allowing us to do discrete tasks for small sums of money might be the future. But the atomizat... read more

Depressing but true

  "The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return." — Gore Vidal... read more

In honor of Labor Day

  Great article here via informationclearinghouse.infoarticle26296.htm What does Labor Day mean anymore other than another day off, another store sale and, in some cities, parades ever smaller and more devoid of passion for elevatin... read more

Lobbyist poses as mechanic in Super Bowl ad, YouTube

  Lobbyist poses as mechanic in Super Bowl ad - YouTube.... read more

Immelt moving jobs and economic infrastructure to China

  GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt, The Head Of Obama's Jobs Council, Is Moving Jobs And Economic Infrastructure To China At A Blistering Pace.The hypocris... read more

Happy May Day

  from Liberty Underground (without permission) ... Today, May Day, honors the workers who produce all of the wealth. It is in honor of those involved in a general strike in Chicago, killed by police in what is known all over the world by workers as... read more

Economic inequality is not sustainable

  via Economic Inequality Is Not Sustainable A Top Heavy 1 Percent Will Topple Without a Stable Middle Class."Focusing exclusively on deficit reduction is the wrong policy. Focusing solely on cutting spending is the... read more

These two phrases on your resume are why it just hit the trash can

  They might be right about this.Worth a shot. These Two Phrases on Your Resume Are Why It Just Hit the Trash Can. Does your resume read like a job description? I... read more

Verizon to lay off 1,700 workers after paying CEO $22 million

  Yes, large corporations really are that stupidshort-sightedcorrupt. via Verizon To Lay Off 1,700 Workers After Paying CEO $22 Million Last Year America's largest wireless service provider ... read more

Layoffs are for lazy corporate overseers

  via Why layoffs are for lazy corporate overseers - Fortune Management.Layoffs are often a sign of failure by top executives to properly manage a business and forecast needs.The corporate movement away from job security coincided ... read more

Why faking enthusiasm is the latest job requirement

  I hate when companies do this. Create a better environment for your employees, don't require them to be a pack of phonies! via Why Faking Enthusiasm Is The Latest Job Requirement. ... seeming to love the job becomes part o... read more

Employee engagement, why it's important

  "It doesn't matter if managers are introverted or extroverted, timid or bold, loud or quiet, as long as they are making people feel like they are growing, appreciated, and confident in their future at the company ..." via ... read more

Three ways to put America back to work

  Great article here: opednewsarticlesThree-Ways-to-Put-America-by-Chaz-Valenza-100905-980.html In theory The Great Recession is history, but for those of us who live and work on Real Street the carn... read more

Screw economies of scale!

  Screw "economies of scale!" As I've said before, this country needs a new (or maybe just an enforced) Sherman Antitrust Act that will limit the size, influence and control of any one corporation. More companies mean more jobs, and most importantl... read more

Whirlpool threatens pensions

  via Unfortunately, we've just had another open theft of retired worker's benefits, this time Whirlpool management stealing the health care coverage of retired former Hoover workers and their families. Once again, we see ... read more

Feds rule Boeing can't move plant to avoid union

  Federal Agency Rules Boeing Cant Move Plant to Avoid Union. The amazing thing about this is that we see a government agency actually doing its job!... read more

The 10 most hated companies in America

  from The 10 Most Hated Companies in America — 247 Wall St.. 1. Facebook ... read more

U.S. corporate profits vs. employee wages

  In Japan the ratio of pay for a CEO compared to that of the average worker is approx. 11 to 1. In Germany that ratio expands to a dizzying 12 to 1. And in the United States it's 475 to 1. via CHART - U.S. Corporate Profits Vs. Employee Wages ... read more

Usurpation and the corporation as crime

  from Richard Grossman on Usurpation and the Corporation as Crime Richard Grossman says that Occupy Wall Street activists need to go beyond greed and corruption and focus on usurpation.As in - illegal seizure... read more

Job hunting

  Can't companies at least send a denial letteremail? It's rude to leave us twisting in the wind.... read more

Freelancers union, a federation of the unaffiliated

  Looks like a good idea. Freelancers Union.A Federation of the Unaffiliated. 350,000 FREELANCERS JOINED TOGETHER FOR A PURPOSE. INDEPENDENTS. UNITED. INDEPENDENTS. UNITED.... read more

Note to recruiters

  I almost posted this to LinkedIn, but thought better of it since hiring managers and headhunters generally have absolutely no sense of humor regarding "the hiring process." If they would admit (at least to themselves) that they have no idea what the... read more

For all bosses who dislike directness

  , themselves afraid of offending anyone via positive leaders love productivity Simon Sinek @simonsinek says, "Bad leaders may edit the truth for fear of causing discomfort. Good leade... read more

The minimum wage, Popular with the public, but not the donor class

  from The Minimum Wage: Popular With the Public, But Not the Donor Class. One of the best proposals to come out of the State of the Union was the President's proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour, phased in over three years, and tie it t... read more

Romney's Bain Capital is sending many jobs to China

  Romney's Bain Capital Is Sending Many Jobs to China the Day Before the Election. On the day before an election that's supposed to hinge on jobs, taxes and the middle class, Bain Capital, th... read more

Wisconsin judge reinstates collective bargaining for state employees

   The union-busting law that pushed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker into the national spotlight last year has been declared unconstitutional by a state judge, pushing th... read more

Good news for bad references

  enewsletters.biospacerhwnewslettergood-news-for-bad-references.htm?type=email&source=js-07-19-10 Picture this scenario: you've been seeking new employm... read more

Selfish CEOs

  CEOs who lay off the most people rake in the profits via Hidden Corporate Scandal: CEOs Who Laid Off the Most Workers Rake in the Most Treasure CEOs in one company a... read more

Customers flee Walmart empty shelves for target, costco

  Those who say raising the minimum wage will bankrupt companies are just plain wrong. Here's the proof. Treat (and pay) your people well, and they'll be great employees. Treat them like crap and, surprise surprise, they'll be crappy employees. Wha... read more

5 ways your boss is killing your company culture

  I agree.And a big reason for this, I believe, is that hiring managers hire based on likability, enthusiasm, and an applicant's degree (no matter what that degree is in) rather than on experience and intelligence.So, the people who end up running thin... read more

The case for a 25 hour work week

  via The Case for a 25-Hour Work Week This Is Not a Joke | Inc. Whatever you may think of this theory, there are certainly many who think (including Sheryl Sandberg) the status quo the 4050 hour w... read more

Walmart, 50 years of gutting America's middle class

  This (below) is why we hate Walmart.Too many people don't understand this.They just want "low prices" no matter the overall, long-run cost. from Walmart: 50 Years of Gutting America's Middle Class... read more

IBM's internal plan, Fire most US employees

  via IBM's Internal Plan to Grow Earnings-Per-Share to $20 by 2015: Fire Most U.S. Employees. The primary method for accomplishing this feat, according to the plan, will be by reducing US employee head count by 78 percent in that time frame. ... read more

Baum law firm to close

   - Business First. This is one company that got what it deserved after mocking homelessforeclosed families.... read more

Saving the rich, losing the economy

  from counterpunch20110926saving-the-rich-losing-the-economy US politicians, such as Buddy Roemer, blame the collapse of US manufacturing on Chinese competition and "unfair trade practices." However, it is US... read more

Boycott Verizon if at all possible

  They're forcing pay cuts for the people who do the actual work there while their executives get millions in bonuses. Last year Verizon made $12 billion in profits, got $1 billion in government subsidies and p... read more

CEO salaries

  Just warms your heart, doesn't it? Not. via NY Times IT turns out that the good times are even better than we thought for American chief executives.... read more

Greed is not a virtue

  Great article. via Greed is Not a Virtue, by David Korten — Agenda for a New Economy. By capitalism's perverse moral logic, if a person sells toxic assets by knowingly misrepresenting them as sound, the fault lies not with the ... read more

New job starts today

  I hope I like it. UPDATE (2 years later):I didn't. See First day of school I mean work... read more

New job starting next week

  I'm starting a new job next week, so I ran a test of how long it would take to get there after dropping Elizabeth off at school. It was 7:42 when they started letting the kids inside, allowing me to leave. I could do like a lot of parents and jus... read more

Check out a company before applying there

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Customer satisfaction surveys

  When given one of those customer satisfaction surveys, always try and give a glowing report about the individual who helped you (unless they were terrible, of course) because those surveys are just another tool for corporations to harass their alread... read more

Made in America ... no longer

  "American as apple pie" items that are no longer made here: businessinsider19-iconic-products-that-america-doesnt-make-anymore-2010-11?op=1... read more

Girl quits job

  This is an instant classic. via girl-quits-her-job-on-dry-erase-board-emails-entire-office-33-photos... read more

Great Depression II

  I guess they didn't call it The Great Depression during that depression, did they? We shouldn't be surprised they're not honestly calling this one . Or, in current parlance, maybe, "G-Dep-2." It's "only" The Great Recession. As if those of us out... read more

How companies should cut back

  When faced with too many expenses and not enough income and you have run out of expenses to reduce, rather than firing employees, the fair and socially-responsible way to cut costs is NOT to fire employees who had nothing to do with those costs getti... read more

Buy American

  localmakers The above link no longer points to where it used to. Someone in Holland, ironically, has apparently purchased that domain name. I would have removed this post, but the irony made it worth keeping it here.... read more

Like a cancer

  A business plan requiring constant expansion is, almost by definition, a cancer, and equally unhealthy.... read more

The job market

  When I applied and scheduled an interview for a job at the "financial arm" of the Methodist Church, I knew I was not a right fit for them. After all, I'm not only not Methodist, I'm not even a Christian.When the HR manager called a couple days later ... read more

Another interview

  I went to another job interview yesterday. It was downtown Nashville in the once trendy Cummins Station building. I've had a few consulting clients there over the years. The company interviewing me shall remain nameless. Coincidentally, a few hou... read more

Letter to a former co-worker

  I'm glad you and Cathy are doing well. Our daughter Elizabeth is doing well, too. She spent last night with a cousin north of town so that she can attend that little girl's birthday party today. Elizabeth's own birthday party was last month. I'm "so... read more

Selling insurance

  I got a call today about a job with American Income. They said they found my résumé on Careerbuilder. When I get emails like that, I instantly recognize them and mark them as spam and block them from sending me anymore. But getting a pho... read more

Waiting

  I went to a pre-employment drug screening this morning. Last week, I had interviewed for an IT instructor position. Had to give a mock class, and everything. I chose the subject of "securing your home wireless network." It was fun. Anyway, no, I hav... read more

Gender unknown

  First time I've ever seen this. Filling out an online job application, the EEOC stuff at the bottom gave me a choice of: Male Female Gender Unknown Decline to Answer I can understand "sexually confused," but "gender unknown?" Really?... read more

Happy Groundhog's Day!

  It's been almost five months now since I was laid off. It doesn't seem that long, actually. What've I been doing since then? Collecting unemployment checks and doing freelance consulting, helping people with their computer problems and qu... read more

Laid off

  It's been almost three weeks now, and I'm finally able to talkblog about my layoff. After the merger and corporate restructuring at work, it was finally my turn to have my "position eliminated." I instinctively felt it coming. In fact, I couldn't sl... read more

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