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October 8, 2009

Beware of Tweets and Facebook Comments

Filed under: General HR Buzz — Gene Mandarino, MAOD, SPHR, Manager HR Consulting @ 2:35 pm

As social media becomse the latest branding strategy, networking technique, job seeking tool and recruitment vehicle, they’re also becoming the latest way for people to find out job offers have been rescinded, to get reprimanded at work and even to get fired.

A recent tweet by a potential Cisco employee, for example, turned ugly when she decided to tout a recent job offer:

“Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.”

Unfortunately for “theconnor” (the handle for the would-be employee), Tim Levad, a “channel partner advocate” for Cisco, saw the tweet and responded with this:

“Who is the hiring manager,  I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the Web.”

Terrible tweets
Everyone has their “My-job-stinks,” “I-hate-my-co-workers,” or “Give-me-more-money” moments. But they seem to forget that as employers increase their online presence using social networking sites as recruitment and branding strategies, it might be best for their career not to have these moments on the Internet.

Facebook fired
Twitter is not the only culprit in career self-destruction. Facebook, a popular social networking site, has had its fair share of user firings:

Kimberly Swann, a former employee at Ivell Marketing & Logistics of Clacton, U.K., thought her job was boring – and she said so on her Facebook page, according to an article in The Daily Telegraph.  Swann was called into her manager’s office and handed a letter that cited her Facebook comments as the reason for dismissal:

Following your comments made on Facebook about your job and the company we feel it is better that, as you are not happy and do not enjoy your work we end your employment with Ivell Marketing & Logistics with immediate effect.”

An MSNBC article tells of Kevin Colvin, the legendary young intern who e-mailed his boss, claiming a “family emergency” would keep him out of the office around Halloween. His co-workers (and Facebook friends), however, saw a photo of Colvin dressed as a fairy at a Halloween party time-stamped on the same day of the “emergency.” Colvin’s boss responded to him with an e-mail CC’d to the entire company, firing him and including the incriminating fairy picture.

In March 2009, the same MSNBC article cites Dan Leone, a Philadelphia Eagles stadium employee, who was fired after slamming the football organization for trading a player in this status update:

Dan is [expletive] devastated about Dawkins signing with Denver. . .Dam Eagles R Retarted!![sic]“

Two days later, the head of event operations said they needed to talk about his Facebook status; instead, he got the boot.

As mom always said, “If you have nothing good to say, don’t say anything.”

Source: Careerbuilder.com

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October is National Work & Family Month

Filed under: Benefits,General HR Buzz,Work/Life Balance — Mike Dougal, Director HR Consulting @ 5:29 am

WorldatWork and Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP), sponsors of National Work & Family Month, encourage all workplaces to take time this month to communicate and celebrate the progress already made on the journey to creating healthier and more flexible work environments, and then raise the bar to accomplish even more in the coming year.

“Work-life is good for business,” says Kathie Lingle, WLCP, executive director of AWLP. “Dedicating a month to this aspect of overall people strategy helps employers increase the attraction, retention, productivity and engagement of the talent required for organizational success. It reminds both employees and employers of the exchange relationship that connects their mutual needs, interests and satisfaction.”

Evaluate your company’s existing work-life program to reveal strengths and weaknesses by taking the Work-Life Self Audit here

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October 7, 2009

More Women than Men in the Workforce

Filed under: General HR Buzz — Tags: , — Jane @ 1:52 pm

For the first time ever women will outnumber men in the workplace.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics June numbers, women held 49.83% of U.S. jobs.

At this rate women will outnumber men in October or November.  They’re also gaining jobs in the sectors that are growing such as healthcare, education, and government. On average women still work more part-time jobs.  Additionally, they’re still paid 77% of what men make.

The number of men should increase though as the economy comes out of the recession and more construction and manufacturing jobs become available. In any event, times have definitely changed.

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October 5, 2009

New I-9 Form

Filed under: Employment Law — Tags: , , — Jane @ 1:50 pm

Do the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a new I-9 form, with a revision date of August 7, 2009.  The new form will be valid until August 31, 2012.  The form can be: http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf.

There are no substantive changes in the new form so the old form, with a revision date of February 2, 2009, is still acceptable.  However, that form is likely to be eliminated at some point, so it’s probably wise to start using the new form now.

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October 2, 2009

HR Fact Friday: Show Me The Money

Filed under: Salaries & Pay — Tags: , , , , — Paul Hendrycks, VP Sales and Marketing @ 1:42 pm

Do you live in a state that is know for paying the highest wages? Not sure? CNNMoney.com reported that recent Census Bureau reports the states with the highest median incomes.  High incomes do not always translate to higher standard of living however as areas with higher incomes share a common malady — a high cost of living.

Maryland has the highest median income level in 2008 at $70,545. Mississippi ranked last with $37,790.

The states with the highest median incomes are concentrated in the far West and in the Northeast around the District of Columbia. Most of the lowest earning states are in the South. Rounding out the bottom 5 following Mississippi are: West Virginia ($37,989), Arkansas ($38,815), Kentucky ($41,538), and Alabama (42,538).

The four highest earning states following Maryland are: New Jersey ($70,378), Connecticut ($68,595), Alaska ($68,460), Hawaii ($67,214).

But don’t pack up and move just yet. The cost of living in Bethesda, MD is about 52% higher than it is in Tupelo, MS. This difference translates to a housing cost differential for an average apartment rental in Bethesda of $1,464 compared to $512 in Tupelo. Florida was the only state where median income declined, falling 0.01% before adjusting for inflation. Louisiana saw the biggest jump in income, up 6.9%. This may be attributed to the influx of Federal dollars flowing into the state following Katrina.

Another winner was the District of Columbia, which saw a median income rise of 6.7% in a year when the White House changed hands.

The current economic downturn which really ramped up in the second half of 2008 may have given these median income levels a boost. That’s because when times get tough, many of the lowest paying jobs disappear, artificially boosting income statistics.

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