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By Dennis Published: July 29, 2009

The Rorschach has been leaked by Wikipedia.

I debated posting this news item, because it adds to the publicity for what would appear to be at least a borderline ethical act. However, as reported by the New York Times and other media outlets, the online encyclopedia Wikipedia has been engulfed in a furious debate involving psychologists who are angry that the 10 original Rorschach plates are reproduced online, along with common responses for each. For them, the Wikipedia page is the equivalent of posting an answer sheet to next year's SAT. They are pitted against the overwhelming majority of Wikipedia's users, who share the site's 'free culture' ethos, which opposes the suppression of information that it is legal to publish. (Because the Rorschach plates were created nearly 90 years ago, they have lost their copyright protection in the United States.)

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By Dennis Published: July 28, 2009

As many of us watch the baseball trades, a big trade impacting human resources occurred today. Many of us make use of SPSS software for statistical analysis. Thus, this announcement may have long term significance.

From the Wall Street Journal:

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SIOP Leading Edge Consortium

By Dennis Published: July 27, 2009

SIOP will be sponsoring another leading edge consortium. This one is on the "Leading Edge of Selection and Assessment in a Global Setting."

The SIOP sponsored consortium will be held in Denver, CO, at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center, October 16-17, 2009. Registration is $425 on or before the early registration deadline of August 28 and $495 thereafter. Consortium includes breaks, lunch on Friday and Saturday and receptions on Thursday and Friday evenings.

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Searching for Unpublished Measures

By Dennis Published: July 21, 2009

Searching for unpublished tests or measures can be very frustrating. So the following represents a very exciting future development. The American Psychological Association (APA) is planning a PsycTESTS database.  This exciting new product is being designed to provide access to the full text of many unpublished tests and measures and to provide information to help the researcher determine whether a given test or measure is potentially right for their research. This product should be a valuable addition in terms of an APA membership.

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Generational Issues

By Dennis Published: July 14, 2009

Generational issues remain a hot top in human resource management. Predictions regarding baby boomer behavior are especialy important in workforce and succession planning. This leads into the topic of the impacts of the economy on retirement. Counter to the predictions of many, the retirement age for men has been falling. However, financial issues may lead to a reversal in this trend. According to NPR and Watson Wyatt Worldwide Inc., a retirement consulting firm, three-quarters of those now planning to postpone retirement cite the loss of savings in their 401(k) accounts as the single biggest reason, the survey showed. The respondents also said they need to work longer because of rising health care costs and fears about price inflation. If Americans do keep working longer, it would reverse a decades-long trend toward earlier retirement.

Of course, the financial crisis has probably had its own direct impact on the process of workforce planning. Many US organizations appear to be putting off workforce planning as a way to respond to the uncertainties of the market and the tightening of belts. As with many human resource practices, we seem to reduce our emphasis on future planning at the very time we need it most.

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DDI One of Best Places to Work

By Dennis Published: July 6, 2009

I have previously written regarding the wealth of knowledge and talent in the human resource field that can be found in NorthEast Ohio. As I have said, this is even more true when you include the Pittsburgh area. A number of graduates of the University of Akron now work with the firm DDI in Pittsburgh. DDI recently won an award for being a best place to work. So, congratulations to our friends at DDI.

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