Monthly Archives: January 2009

Jan 28

Despite recession, it might be time to move on

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

There are plenty of reasons to try and stay with your current employer. Like having a job, health insurance, stock options or restricted stock, bonuses coming, or something else that enables you to decide to stay rather than risk going. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consistently evaluate your situation. Just because companies are raining […]

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Jan 23

Banks…and golfing

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

“The NBC Golf Commentator Johnny Miller has a great philosophy. His theory is when you get in trouble the first thing you do is get out of trouble , i.e. if you knock it in the woods chip back to the fairway. Unless you’re Tiger Woods and can bend a two iron under a tree […]

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Jan 22

Merrill Lynch Management Sucks

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

You gotta hand it to the management team at Merrill Lynch: they know how to screw everyone else for their own good. Three days before the Bank of America merger, some months before the regularly scheduled timing, Merrill’s management doled out bonuses like it was 1999. Not bailout time. Market Watch’s headline — Merrill’s bonus […]

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Jan 21

Breakthroughs come when pressure is highest

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

One of the fascinating aspects of business is how innovation occurs. Not that I’m in it for the products and services that companies innovate. No, I’m in it for how innovation impacts Cubicle Warriors in their careers. Most studies show that what enhances innovation the most are constraints. For example, doing “art” with no constraints […]

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Jan 15

New job responsibilities from layoffs

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Layoffs hit the people who survive the layoff as well. Not only are there emotional feelings liked guilt-tripping for staying, but real work issues as well. And opportunities. Newsday reports that “surviving layoffs may mean new job responsibilities” and the advice they provide is on the mark. Having fewer people at work means the people […]

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Jan 09

The New Layoff: Temporary Furlough

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Forced time off without pay. Yup, that is what a “temporary furlough” means for you and your family. Unfortunately, this management practice is becoming more commonplace as the economy tanks. Management decides that to save payroll dollars, you get to take some time off — say two weeks — without pay. The equivalent of about […]

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