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Answer to Budget Cuts - Sell Space on Tests

By Dennis Published: March 25, 2009

This is a genius idea. As this article describes, a teacher started selling advertising space on his tests. To think of all the money I could have made.

Not only that, this is a great idea for an HR Department. Of course, I can see an employment lawyer asking to place an ad at the bottom of a test.

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Book Review on Ethical Dilemmas: The Priesthood Crisis in the Catholic Church

By Dennis Published: March 17, 2009

Recently, I received a notice that the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus had declared bankruptcy. As someone who attended Jesuit schools for 8 years, this news saddened me, especially when combined with the parish closings in Northeast Ohio.

In that context, I would recommend a 2000 book by Donald B. Cozzens entitled "The Changing Face of the Priesthood." Fr. Cozzens has a background in counseling, psychology, and pastoral theology. He also has many years of experience with seminarians.

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Public Sector Grows

By Dennis Published: March 14, 2009

I had seen predictions both ways - that public sector employment would grow and that it would decline due to budget cuts. However, the IPMA-HR news reports that public sector employment has grown:

In February, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the economy lost 651,000 more jobs, bringing the loss of jobs since the recession began in December 2007 to 4.4 million. The BLS preliminary data showed that public sector employment continues to increase. According to the BLS, there were 22,532,000 government employees in December 2008 and this number grew by 40,000 jobs to 22,572,000 in February.  

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Business the Orange County Chopper Way

By Dennis Published: March 12, 2009

I am going to use this book as a textbook for one of my classes this year - Business the Orange County Chopper Way.

Who needs a:

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Age Bias Lawsuits Increase

By Dennis Published: March 12, 2009

Not unexpectedly, given recent layoffs and reductions in force by companies, age bias discrimination lawsuits and filings are on the increase. An excellent summary of the data appeared in the Wall Street Journal (thanks to Ken Shultz for pointing this out). Although people are entitled to exercise their rights, and should be encouraged to do so, one wonders how many lawsuits of various types will come out of the recent economic downturn and whether that flood of litigation will slow any attempted recover.

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Casting Call for Baby Boomers

By Dennisandpamela Published: March 7, 2009

Given my interest in generational interest, I was intrigued by an email from the folks at Subway that mentioned a casting call for baby boomers with interesting stories of pursuing their dreams. For those with such dreams, the information from Boom Casting says that:

MSN and Reveille - Producers of "The Office," "Ugly Betty," and "The Biggest Loser" - are casting a new online series that will feature inspiring stories about people that have finally made the leap from dreaming about a change to making their passion a reality! Have you ditched your inactive, corporate nine to five job to follow your real PASSION? Are you now a surf instructor, rock climber, caterer, or florist? If this sounds like YOU or someone you know, then we want to hear from you!

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RIF Layoff Toolkit

By Dennis Published: March 7, 2009

A sign of the times is concern in HR over RIFs and layoffs. The State of Arizona Human Resources Department offers a RIF Layoff Toolkit, which contains sample letters and a great deal of other useful infomration.

The site will probably be most useful to those in the public sector.

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A Public Sector Blog with an International Flavor

By Dennis Published: March 4, 2009

Most of the blogs I tend to read on human resources are US based blogs. I guess that is because HR is so dependent on the law and legal issues, and my own research interests so assessment focused, that I tend to concentrate on US issues.

However, I have been recently reading Colin Talbot's Whitehall Watch blog and I would like to recommend it to others. It is an excellent blog in terms of covering UK, internaional and public administration issues. If we ever tend to forget, his blog reminds us that there are common global challenges and also a great deal to be learned from the approaches taken in other countries.

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