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Friday, April 14, 2017

Guarding Against Identity Theft

Identity theft is becoming a greater concern as our personal information becomes easier for thieves to access. While you can’t stop someone from hacking your employer’s or your favorite retailer’s data centers, there are things that you can do to reduce the likelihood of having your information stolen and minimize the potential losses if a theft occurs.

This article is different from any one I’ve written before. It’s even different from articles where I’ve outlined the questions you should ask your agent. Why?

Friday, March 31, 2017

Why Are You Leaving?

Given that I am myself going through a job change, I thought it timely to write about how people leave their jobs, and what it might say about the organization that they are leaving. According to research featured in the Journal of Applied Psychology, employees choose of these types of resignations:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Running On Empty

Most drivers have a story about the day they ran out of fuel. It’s an unpleasant feeling when one minute you’re cruising down the highway in overdrive and the next you’re sputtering to an ungraceful stop. You hope that you’re near a gas station, or if you’re lucky, that you can cruise right up to the pump, when you finally shut down.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Culture Club

Last week, I was facilitating a discussion in class regarding cultural differences in the workplace. Specifically, we had a lively discussion regarding differences in the approach to performance management practices across the globe. For example, in the U.S., we are always focused on formally documenting performance discussions, mostly to protect us from potential employment related lawsuits. In most Latin American countries, as well as in southern Europe, the attitude toward performance management is very informal, usually completed as on-the-spot conversations, and not at all focused on anything written. Perhaps this distinction is a direct result of civil law vs. common law approaches to employment, or a consequence of American at-will employment rules vs. contract employment? As the conversation progressed, we concluded that the primary cause of these differences goes deeper than the law, but rather to cultural principles.

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