My Archives: April 2004

Friday, April 30, 2004

I'm sitting here typing a story and listening to Smashmouth's "All Star", the anthem of free agents such as myself and the song that pretty much sums up my philosophy on work and life. Anyway, I thought I should post something this morning. At the moment, I'm working on a story about "hot markets" and I'm looking for entrepreneurs who are running young, successful businesses aimed at the Hispanic and plus-size markets. Please contact me for more info. More soon...

Posted by Chris @ 09:59 AM EST [Link]

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

I'm seeking experts and small business owners for a story I'm writing about the Department of Labor's proposal to update the overtime rules. Hoping to speak with people next week. Please contact me via email for further details. More later...

Posted by Chris @ 11:52 AM EST [Link]

Friday, April 23, 2004

I did five phone interviews today (all lasting about an hour each), so I'm a bit fried. But I wanted to post before the workday is over and acknowledge the people who emailed me this week in regard to my recent posts. I'm starting to get feedback, which is great. Thanks.

Looking ahead, next week will be completely nuts with assignments to write. I'm already tired just thinking about it. So if I don't get back to people in a timely manner --- or miss a posting --- I'm still around, just stringing sentences together in Word files for a few days. In the meantime, I'm decompressing with a little bit of surfing. Perhaps since I'm firing on only half a cylinder this particular Friday afternoon, I find myself intrigued by this CNN story about a Florida housecat that somehow ended up in California.

I'm also fascinated that people are actually buying the new album "Inspiration" by American Idol contestant William Hung, which includes his interpretations of songs such as "I Believe I Can Fly," "Hotel California," and "Shake Your Bon Bon". It was #4 on the pop charts at one point; now it's at #29. And finally, I made a stop here and here for a hearty laugh...

Posted by Chris @ 04:09 PM EST [Link]

Thursday, April 22, 2004

I'm looking for experts (attorneys, etc.) who can tell me more about potential impact of the new overtime regulations that will take affect in late August. Specifically, I'm wondering about what the new rules mean for companies with fewer than 100 employees.

I'm also looking for a female entrepreneur to interview for a story about how they attract, motivate and retain their best employees as well as the HR challenges related to women-owned businesses...

Posted by Chris @ 03:22 PM EST [Link]

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Don't tell my Achy Breaky Heart: Blender Magazine has just issued its list of the 50 worst pop songs of all time. I must admit I've always professed a soft spot for Starship's "We Built this City," Eddie Murphy's "Party All the Time" (it's not *that* bad of a song!), Wang Chung's "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" (which is taking up bandwith on my digital music player right now) and Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" (admittedly not as good as his songs "Loaded," "The Cup of Life" and "Maria," but I'll take it). My friends have always laughed at my taste in music. Now they have a poll to back them up.

Work-wise, it will be a busy day. I'm getting started on a story about "hot markets" (please see one of my posts below for more details) and will be working on a feature article about women-owned businesses. More soon...

Posted by Chris @ 09:00 AM EST [Link]

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

I'm researching an idea about peer-to-peer interviewing (where employees interview/spend time with an applicant without the "boss"'s a way for applicants to interact with current employees and vice versa). I'm interested in the pros and cons, how companies are getting the most out of this interview technique, whether it's a good idea when it comes down to it, etc. Anyone with feedback please feel free to drop me an email. More soon...

Posted by Chris @ 04:41 PM EST [Link]

Monday, April 19, 2004

This week I'll be working on three stories. One is sales-oriented, the other is aimed at women-owned businesses and the third is about emerging hot markets. Please contact me for more details. I'm also researching story ideas over the next few weeks, so email me if you see any workplace or business trends. There might be a story in it.

In other news: Oh, the irony...A few weeks after the Wall Street Journal ran an article criticizing Costco's management for being way too generous with its employee wage and benefit packages, employees at the Wall Street Journal are up in arms over cuts in their own benefit and pay packages. More later...

Posted by Chris @ 10:06 AM EST [Link]

Saturday, April 17, 2004

I'm thinking of story ideas for the columns that I write, so if anyone is seeing any trends happening in the workplace that might make a good story, drop me an email. I'm also seeking experts who can discuss managing employees in a woman-owned business to speak with next week.

What else is on my mind: I was struck by a Money magazine poll last week that found 76 percent of those surveyed would have preferred the government devote resources to a jobs creation program rather than the tax cut. The study, from what I can tell, didn't survey participants as to what kind of program they would like to see (presumably one that helps them find jobs!), but it's an interesting point to ponder. I always enjoy dropping in on Dave Murphy's column in the San Francisco Chronicle, L.M. Sixel's "Working" column in the Houston Chronicle and the Wall Street Journal's career columnists. If you're interested in workplace issues, they're worth your time.

Posted by Chris @ 11:57 AM EST [Link]

Thursday, April 15, 2004

As is not common for the type of workplace column I write, I had an entrepreneur get cold feet about being interviewed. I thought I'd put up a mid-day post seeking entrepreneurs of growing, profitable (American) companies that have dealt with a "lone ranger" employee. A "lone ranger" is the type of employee who doesn't buy into the team approach, is a bit aloof and maybe even a little bit prickly at times. Seems like this person could present a bit of a management challenge at times! Interested entrepreneurs and PR people can feel free to contact me today. I'm under deadline pressure and hoping to find someone to interview ASAP.

More later today...

Posted by Chris @ 02:00 PM EST [Link]

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

I've been living in my own private happy place ever since I was channel surfing on Sunday night and stumbled upon The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour on ABC; not sure I'll ever recover from the horror of seeing Jessica Simpson sing a duet with Kenny Rogers and wear a Farrah wig. Then there was the President's performance on TV last night and...well...let's just say I'm staying in my happy place for now, where I can eat all the Krispy Kreme blueberry cake donuts I want and not gain any weight.

Speaking of happy places, I find myself pondering a recent survey that ranks American cities by how happy their workers tend to be. Evidently, the happiest workers in the country live in Los Angeles and the least happiest live in Denver. Detroit has the most stressed employees, and employees in San Francisco/San Jose feel the most appreciated by their employers. It has me wondering how geography might be affecting how much people like their jobs, and what steps employers can take to increase the "happiness index" (my phrase) of their people depending on geographic location. If where you live affects how much you like your work, then what can managers in different cities do to maximize happiness based on what surveys such as this seem to indicate? How can they make a few changes that help them stand out as employers of choice in their particular market? If anyone has any thoughts on this topic they'd like to share --- insights that might make a good story --- I'm all ears (or all eyes in the case of email).

Posted by Chris @ 11:59 AM EST [Link]

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