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Re: It's Way Too Late
  • 12/21/2016 11:14:55 PM
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Ariella, the focus on contract work too is because of uncertainty in the economy and the regulatory environment for some employers, as well as a bit of cowardice on the department manager's part --- it's an easy answer when your boss asks if you're really sure additional full-time employees are needed. You know what ... maybe not. Let's start with a contractor and see how it goes. Even less risky is hiring an agency to do the work.

Re: It's Way Too Late
  • 12/20/2016 5:59:22 PM
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@SethBreedlove and then there is the increasingly popular move of only hiring temp and contract workers to save on benefits cost.

Re: It's Way Too Late
  • 12/20/2016 11:25:53 AM
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@ Zimana, your comments apply even more to contract and temporary workers.  Some employers understand that these employees are looking for permanent careers but others may decide that the employee isn't invested in the job.   It's a bad place to be for contract and temp workers.

Re: 1984 in 2016
  • 12/5/2016 12:34:02 PM
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@maryam: Not so much "constantly searching" as "constantly keeping your eye open and keeping yourself open-minded/available."

Same principle as in romance and dating.  The more (and more effectively) you (subtly) demonstrate--from the very beginning--that you're in very high demand and you're not necessarily committed if something else falls into your lap, the more you actually *are* in high demand and the more you *are* coveted to be kept.

So goes my thinking on this particular matter, anyway.

Re: It's Way Too Late
  • 12/1/2016 8:41:19 AM
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@Maryam. At this point in time, most employees recognize (even if they dislike it) that what they do on company time and on company equipment can be monitored, and that different companies and managers have different philosophies when it comes to what is permissible.

In some companies and departments, company time and gear is strictly for company business. "No, wait until your break to call the daycare." Others take more of a "just do you job approach". Employees have to understand those policies, and in either case searching for a new job should be done on private time using personal resources. Otherwise you are subject to discipline. (The BYOD movement presents some ethical issues in this regard).

Any manager who is spending time monitoring whether employees are job hunting on their own time has lost sight of their own responsibility, to maintain a productive workforce. As I mentioned in an earlier message, the time to keep people from job hunting comes much earlier. It's a time when you have to be a good manager and give employees the opportunities, training, and fair pay that they need. It's a time to listen to them in productive, face to face (where geographically possible) conversation.

 

 

 

Re: It's Way Too Late
  • 11/30/2016 10:18:22 PM
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It is very precarious for employees navigating privacy in this new world of analytics. Employees should be aware this type of analytics are available to companies and they are not required to reveal their usage to employees. Now employees know that private accounts are not really private

Re: It's Way Too Late
  • 11/30/2016 9:20:15 PM
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ANd in many states where people can be fired "at will", the knowledge of constant monitor can cause concern. What if my manager is really sensitive to my job search and decides to fire me immediately? The idea can make people feel brave (look with purpose) or respond with fear (never look to keep the boss happy).

Re: It's Way Too Late
  • 11/30/2016 8:36:02 PM
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Good point, invest in the environment you want to create - seem harder in some instances, but it is the right thing to do to attract the right team and structure for long term.

Re: It's Way Too Late
  • 11/30/2016 4:08:15 AM
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@Broadway I do expect the pendulum to swing the other way. MeWe is one sign that the movement has started.

Re: It's Way Too Late
  • 11/30/2016 4:07:01 AM
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It can be used to punish employees for just seeing what's out there and what market compensation looks like. That's the worst thing about it for me: the false positives. It would be horrible for your loyalty to be put under suspicion just because some software thought it could read you.

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