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Location, Location, Location

By Dennis Published: January 30, 2009

One of the old beliefs in recruitment was that a job seeker would not take a job because of location, but might turn down certain jobs because of location. In recent years, a number of consultants and researchers have suggested that the old finding is no longer valid and that people will take a job because they like a location. Or put another way, they will first identify certain locations and then seek jobs in those locations.

Regardless of which view of the impact of location is correct, the data for Cleveland, and Ohio, are not good. According to a recent Pew Survey, Cleveland finished second to last in terms of popularity among 30 cities. Only Detroit finished below Cleveland. 

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Webinar for Upper Level & HR Managers and Consultants

By Dennis Published: January 28, 2009

 Are you involved in leadership and executive coaching and interested in information on dealing with the challenges organizations face during the current economic crisis? If so, RHR International has let me know that along with Decision Strategies International, they will be presenting a Free Webinar on Leading Through Uncertain Times. RHR would like to invite readers of this page to the Webinar.

The Webinar will be offered on February 9, 2009, from 2:PM through 3:00PM EST. If you are interested, please email to confirm your attendance and receive dial-in information.

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Simple EEO Lesson - No Retaliation

By Dennis Published: January 27, 2009

In providing Equal Employment training to managers, one of the most difficult concepts for them to grasp is that they are not allowed to respond or retaliate when an employee files a claim alleging employment discrimination. It is human nature to say, "you are trying to tell me that if one of my employees accuses me of doing something wrong to them, I just have to treat them as if nothing happened." In a nutshell, the answer is yes. Employees or subordinates are allowed to exercise their right to file discrimination claims, without retaliation.

In a unanimous Supreme Court decision, the court extended this no retaliation policy to other employees (note that the headline from the New York Times is somewhat misleading, the case deals more with retaliation than sexual harassment). Basically, the court said that an employee who cooperates with internal investigations of discrimination may not be fired in retaliation. This was a school system case out of Tennessee filed under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  

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New Book on Helping from Edgar Schein

By Dennis Published: January 21, 2009

Edgar Schein has written a new book titled 'Helping: How to offer, give and receive help," which is available from Berrett/Kohler or online bookstores. The book analyzes the difference between effective and ineffective help across a whole range of human situations. Schein analyzes the social and psychological dynamics common to all types of helping relationships, explains why help is often not helpful, and shows what any would-be helpers must do to ensure that their assistance is both welcomed and genuinely useful.

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Ask HR Lighthouse - Dropping the Criminal Record Question

By Dennis Published: January 16, 2009

I received this question for discussion. Here goes:

Basically, some US Cities are starting to eliminate questions from their job applications asking whether prospective employees have been convicted of a crime. The purpose - to keep convicts from being shut out of the workforce.

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Should Employers Have a Zero Tolerance Policy for Personal Internet Use?

By Dennis Published: January 14, 2009

An issue that has arisen on the IPMA Board is that of personal use of the Internet by employees during the work day (for example, checking personal email, making flight arrangements, checking weather or news). Personally, I do not understand or see the difference between receiving emails on your computer or receiving a personal phone call oh your telephone. And what about if you receive emails or textmessages on your telephone?

Anyway, what do you think?

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Supreme Court and Ricci v. DeStefano

By Dennis Published: January 13, 2009

The Supreme Court has accepted for review the case of Ricci v DeStefano.

In a nutshell, this case involves the issue of whether a government employer, the City of New Haven CT, can reject the results of a competitive civil service exam because the results result in adverse impact against minorities. This case may have interesting implications for affirmative action, civil service testing, and interpretations of provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1991.

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Fair Pay Legislation

By Dennis Published: January 12, 2009

The House passed two pieces of fair pay legislation, including Ledbetter. Here is the Wall Street Journals' opinions. questions, and take on the issue.

It is a good reminder for employers to organize their employment records.

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The Psychology Channel, Interesting Videos, Jobs in I-O, and Happy Birthday Elvis

By Dennis Published: January 9, 2009

For those with an interest in psychology, there is now a Psychological Channel. One of the interesting features is the videos. For example, right now the site is featuring a video on BF Skinner, pigeons, and free will.

If you have an interest in psychology, you may want to check it out.

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Horse Sense - A Reply

By Dennis Published: January 8, 2009

Awhile back I posted about classes involving horses in MBA programs.

Tori Wilfred of Draconia Keep sent me a well-thought out reply that got caught in the SPAM filters. Her response disagreed with me and so I wanted to make sure it was presented. So, I am going to publish Tori's thoughts here in this special edition.

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House Test - Replies and Catch Up #2

By Dennis Published: January 7, 2009

Continuing with replies to what you would do about Dr. House.

Two replies, one of which I believe did get through the filters.

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The House Test Replies and Catch Up #1

By Dennis Published: January 6, 2009

Awhile back I asked a question about the House character from the TV show of the same name. Apparently a number of the replies, even some I saw, got screened out as SPAM. See my post on the SPAM issue. Anyway, I wanted to catch up by posting some of the replies. First the question. Then the replies you did not see, to keep the posts reasonable length, I will do one a day.

Gregory House, MD, works at a teaching hospital in New Jersey. House heads up various teams of doctors, some of whom are students, in solving the most difficult cases. House could best be described as antisocial, gruff, addicted to drugs, a genius, hard to live with, inappropriate, and a medical insurance nightmare. House often ridicules his team and uses a version of the Socratic method. He often directs his team to break into the client's house. Although the show does not say it, let's argue on his side that he attracts a lot of grants and also huge donations from families of grateful patients. OK, so you are the VP of HR, and since no one else will decide, you have been asked to make the decision as to whether the hospital should keep or fire House (or engage in some other type of action). How would you decide and why?

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New Year's Resolution - Make Sure Your Comments Get Through

By Dennis Published: January 5, 2009

Welcome to the New Year. I wanted to start with an apology. A couple of blog contributors and participants notified me that their comments were not getting through and were being marked as SPAM. I assumed I got to review all comments marked as SPAM and allow legitimate comments through, which I have been doing, but apparently there were two levels of SPAM. There seems to be an automatic SPAM deleter where I do not receive those messages or comments, but have to go through and review all the messages that have been screened and allow them through as well, this seems to be separate from other messages that are marked as spam. Once I figured that out, I found there were quite a few legitimate comments being screened out. Unfortunately, I can only go back 15 days.

I do not have any control over the SPAM filter. I believe that is an automatic program put in place by WordPress. However, I will let the administrator know about the problem. I will be more vigilant in making sure comments get through.

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