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The boss is watching your every click,
writes Annalee Newitz in the
30 September 2006 edition of New Scientist. Whereas
HP has gotten unfavorable press for this practice, hundreds
of other corporations are routinely spying on their employees
without challenge. Logging keystrokes and Web browsing,
recording emails and IMs is common practice at such
companies as Bank of America, Yahoo, and Kaiser
Permanente. What about yours?
Some companies find that group mentoring
can be a cost-effective alternative to the traditional
writes Eve Tahmincioglu for Workforce.com. T
hree things are needed: commitment among leadership, clear
expectations for mentors and mentees, and clear objectives
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Seth Godin thinks small is the new big.
Check out his manifesto "Polkas, Pyrotechnics, and Point Ds" and see if it inspires you.
Are you willing to work for an unethical employer?
According to this recent report from Winning Workplaces.org, whether a company
acts ethically is a significant factor in the average American's willingness
to work for that company. This has significant implications for attracting
and retaining employees, and ensuring productivity. Note: (only) 56% of U.S.
workers say their company has an ethical culture. Yet 25% say that in the
past six months they witnessed unethical, and even illegal, behavior
where they work.
There's a certain etiquette to conference calls.
One obvious "do": always say your name before you speak. After all, people can't see you, and if
they don't know you, it's hard to know who's saying what. Here's another great one: embrace your
Incentives for Telework A telework
experiment debuted in 1973/4. Today, more than 30 years later, telework is an accepted option
at large technology companies, and the Feds have also promoted telecommuting.
But many agencies are still reluctant to embrace the practice, even though it offers a solution to
gridlock and to keeping businesses running in the event of natural or manmade disasters.
The Commonwealth of Virginia is looking to provide telework incentives for public and private
sector companies. —
Get more info here.
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