Tonight I was at a Boy Scout recognition event where I was recruiting the parents of the younger boys to step up to the responsibilities of running the troop. My son, a senior in high school, has been in scouting for 10 years. His scoutmaster, one of our friends and contemporaries, will be stepping down this year as … Continue reading Scouting for Leaders
(October 30, 2004 Red Sox World Series Victory Parade) In the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit I am not a sports afficionado in general or a baseball fan in particular. This is despite the fact that my great grandfather, Tom Smith, was a professional baseball player. It's hard to be indifferent, though, … Continue reading The Red Sox & the Meaning of (Work)Life
I read about Randy Pausch in Jason Corsello's Human Capitalist blog yesterday. Randy is a professor at Carnegie Mellon who learned recently that his pancreatic cancer can't be treated, and that he's only got a few more months to live. His last lecture at Carnegie Mellon was recorded and has been viewed by hundreds of … Continue reading Perspective and Randy Pausch
One of the issues that our "Working in America" survey highlights is the importance of health benefits to employees as they evaluate whether to stay in their current positions. Tonight, I was out to dinner with my family after having visited my mother in the hospital. My parents are retired, but fortunate to have excellent … Continue reading Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
From a national perspective, figuring out the status of the current job market has not been a walk in the park. Large data revisions, conflicting statistics, and considerable regional variation have made it quite a challenge to figure out the dynamics of today’s labor market. The biggest challenge stems from a large data revision by … Continue reading Jared Bernstein Guest Blog: So, is the job market healthy or sick?
OK - I said I had a passion for technology, but that's cooled a bit this morning. As any good BlackBerry addict does, I take advantage of all possible opportunities to manage my life within its cheerful interface. That includes downloading flight information from our travel agent via Infotriever. Normally, this works like a charm … Continue reading Infotriever is a fickle friend
Today I visited the HR Technology Conference and Exposition at the Navy Pier in Chicago. I spent a few hours traversing the exhibit hall and catc hing up with old friends. I had conversations with about a dozen former colleagues and contacts who have moved on to new ventures in the human capital management space. … Continue reading Old Home Week at HR Tech
How can we make this site relevant for you? Here are topics that have already been submitted for research. Sustaining relationships with hourly workers beyond the term of their employment can improve the sourcing and availability of workers. The integration of talent management and workforce management best practices, combined with meaningful analytics, will drive improved … Continue reading Future Research
Aug. 31, 2011 Our global survey reveals that employees in Australia, Canada, China, France, India, Mexico, the U.K., and the U.S., have all, to varying degrees, played hooky – called in sick to work when they were not actually sick. The Kronos Global Absence survey looks at which regions have the highest rates of absenteeism, … Continue reading Global Trends in Playing Hooky
Today is launch day for the Workforce Institute website and blog. I’m excited to be opening up our mission to public view, and invite you to contribute to a lively discussion of the topics we present. Our mission is to help the community share ideas that can improve organizational performance through more effective workforce management. … Continue reading Welcome to the Workforce Institute!