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September 2013


Why respect employees’ privacy when you can abuse it instead?

You can probably use millions of words to describe employers as a whole, but “subtle” isn’t one of them. Recently, Wisconsin took up a bill to make it illegal for employers to force job seekers to hand over their social media passwords, making Wisconsin (at least at the time of this writing) the 15th state to do so. My guess is that by the time you read this, it will be illegal all across the country.

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Standard is raised for proving claims of workplace retaliation

Retaliation claims against employers have risen significantly over the past several years and are now the most common type of charge filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 2012, a total of 37,836 retaliation claims were filed with the EEOC, making up more than a third of all charges received by the agency.

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What impact could Syria have on investors?

It’s important to keep the element of uncertainty in mind when assessing the situation in Syria, because no one can totally foresee the aftermath of any type of military involvement. What potential impact might the events in Syria have on the financial markets? And what moves, if any, should you take with your own investments?

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Social media marketing: 3 ways to weave a Web presence

J.K. Rowling. Stephen King. Carol Shay Hornung — wait, who? Yes, I am now a published author. Unlike Ms. Rowling or Mr. King, my name isn’t enough to sell a book, so I’ve been exploring the world of social media marketing. To paraphrase Douglas Adams, “The Internet is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think there are a lot of people at the mall on Black Friday, but that’s just peanuts to the Internet.”

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Reflections on community, manufacturing, and the skilled worker shortage

I grew up in a paper mill town. Three times a day the shift whistle blew. Everybody I knew kept time by it. The rhythm of my growing up echoed the rhythm of the shift change. Working at the mill was hard, dirty work, but the men who worked there were able to support families, buy a snowmobile and maybe a piece of hunting land Up Nort’. These were good, well-paying union jobs.

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5 tips for becoming an office all-star … from a ‘corporate oddity’ who beat the odds

With the business world moving faster and becoming more competitive than ever, the need for new and creative leadership is rapidly growing. As a result, an influx of new employees has penetrated the corporate landscape. Frequently these employees are thrust into management positions untrained and ill equipped for leadership. Below are five tips for standing out in the office, all of which have benefited me and the executives I’ve modeled myself after — because being a leader isn’t about who is forced to follow you, it’s about who fights to be on your team. Be kind
 In business you are either moving forward or being left behind. While others are focused on gaining political capital and achieving social prominence, I suggest that you focus on being...

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Leading through the economic tsunami without drowning: Become a distinct leadership brand or extinct generic

By accentuating their natural skills and strengths, leaders can stand out and put themselves on the fast track for senior-level leadership roles that will enable them to achieve all of their hopes, goals, and dreams. The alternative is to become a “generic” leader, a basic manager who does not stand out in any way. In today’s fast-paced and ultracompetitive economy, generic leaders are rapidly on their way to becoming extinct — “average” is the new unemployed and good is the new average.

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I came, I saw, I failed in IB’s fitness competition (at least I’m honest)

When I first signed on to be IB’s representative in this year’s Fittest Exec-Most Improved competition, I also agreed to write a blog about my experience. Nearly six months have passed since I was first weighed in and checked out by the experts at Meriter Wisconsin Heart. I was on a good track. Spring was on the way (I thought!), I felt good about the test results, and I was looking forward to getting this 50-plus-year-old body in shape.

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