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The Power of Lunch

January 30th, 2013 by admin in corporate culture, negotiating

If you are in doubt about the influence of food on negotiations,  Lakshmi Batachandra of Babson College has amassed new evidence.

Being served in a conference room or restaurant during the give and take increases the value of a deal.

Do Quotas Work on Corporate Boards?

Into the debate about women on corporate boards  Boris Groysberg has introduced a new dimension. He has found wide differences in opinion about  quotas for women on corporate boards of directors. Read the rest of this entry »

The Most Preferred Benefit For New College Grads and the Runners Up

January 9th, 2013 by admin in Careers, compensation, employment, jobs skills

Want more evidence that the Great Recession has altered the job hunting landscape for new grads? Historically, they wanted health benefits. Now that’s changing. Read the rest of this entry »

The Status of Women at the Top (of Fortune 500 Companies)

December 12th, 2012 by admin in Careers, corporate culture, management, women

Despite high-profile news about pay parity, education for women and an increasingly higher profile for some female executives, for the vast majority of women aspiring to top leadership positions in corporate America the outlook is less rosy  according to the 2012 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500 Women Board Directors and 2012 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500 Executive Officers and Top Earners. Read the rest of this entry »

Hiring the Best Person for the Job

November 29th, 2012 by admin in Careers, colleagues, employment, jobs skills, Uncategorized

A new study in the December issue of the American Sociological Review suggests that employers are often more focused on hiring someone they would like to hang out with than they are in hiring the most competent person for the job.

“Of course, employers are looking for people who have the baseline of skills to effectively do the job,” said study author Lauren A. Rivera, an assistant professor of management and organizations and sociology at Northwestern University. “But, beyond that, employers really want people who they will bond with, who they will feel good around, who will be their friend and maybe even their romantic partner. As a result, employers don’t necessarily hire the most skilled candidates.”

Although Dr. Rivera is quick to point out that the findings don’t mean unqualified candidates are being hired, the findings might give pause to those who are concerned about employement shortages and competitiveness.


When Work-Life Balance Ceases to Exist

November 7th, 2012 by admin in colleagues, employment, Uncategorized

Most families take juggling home and career as a given. And over at the new Atlantic channel The Sexes, there’s another conversation going. Eleanor Barkhorn, the site’s editor writes people who don’t have kids want work-life balance too. Read the rest of this entry »

Does Your Resume Reflect Your Strengths?

October 17th, 2012 by admin in employment, jobs skills, majors, survey, Volunteering

In an age of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn, there is a lingering question about whether the traditional resume is even necessary, especially for digital natives. Read the rest of this entry »

Hiring Expectations for the Class of 2013

October 3rd, 2012 by admin in employment, majors

In a press release last week the National Association of College and Employers had some good news for the Class of 2013. Hiring Hiring   will be up 13% ov the Class of 2012.

Finance, computer and information science and accounting majors are expected to be in greatest demand. Engineering, marketing and economics graduates are also expected to fare well.

No Let Up in Employee Stress

September 19th, 2012 by admin in Careers, compensation, employment, management, Uncategorized

Towers Watson the global human resources consulting firm is out with a new survey today. Its findings won’t surprise any employee who is experiencing stress on the job. It’s a trend that is being noticed by many employers as well and it is continuing unabated. Read the rest of this entry »

Salaries for New Grads Inch Higher; Workplace Flexibility Sought

September 13th, 2012 by admin in Careers, compensation, corporate culture, majors, Uncategorized

In perhaps another encouraging sign in the job market the  National Association of Colleges and Employers released data that showed salaries inched up for the graduates of the class of 2012.
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