February 12, 2012 |
Throughout industrial history, managers have tried to use science to analyze, categorize and, occasionally, pulverize the human element in their ventures so they can direct it more easily to their ends. Charles Dickens memorably satirized this desire in the character of Thomas Gradgrind, the utilitarian educationalist in "Hard Times," who was determined to "teach these boys and girls nothing but facts" and "to weigh and measure any parcel of human nature, and tell you exactly what it comes to. " A new book, "Calculating Success: How the New Workplace Analytics Will Revitalize Your Organization," advocates a similarly fact-based approach to workplace challenges.
August 1, 2012 |
Hollywood's location managers have ratified a new three-year contract. Members of Teamsters Local 399 approved a new contract negotiated last week with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers covering 600 location managers who work in the Los Angeles area. Modeled on similar contracts negotiated by studio drivers, camera operators, grips and other technical crews and crafts workers, the new deal provides a 2% annual wage increase, an increase in car allowances and additional funding for the union's healthcare plan.
March 11, 2014 |
NHL general managers, meeting Tuesday in Florida, agreed to formally recommend three minor changes to the league's competition committee for consideration at its next meeting, in June. Although the general managers couldn't reach agreement on changing the length or general format of regular-season overtime - or on expanding the use of video replay - they decided to recommend three tweaks to existing rules. First, they will recommend that the hash marks on the faceoff circle be separated by two more feet, or from three feet to five feet, to create more separation between players on the wings.
June 19, 2011 |
Teen workers can be a boon to small businesses, but some owners and managers make the mistake of treating them like younger versions of adult workers. They're not, in many cases. Teens who grew up in the digital era might shun paper-based information. And they might have some attitude, wanting to know the why behind a command and what's in it for them, experts said. "I've talked to so many managers who are like, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know how to supervise and manage teens: All they need is a good swift kick in the you-know-what,' " said Ken Whiting, a consultant who specializes in teen employment issues.
February 17, 2013 |
Question: When our association manager is asked a question, her answer is "The lawyer says.... " When she makes that statement to owners and directors, they all believe her. When I asked the president about this, he said, "If you can't trust your employees, who can you trust?" The manager reduces the board meetings to arguing with and shouting at residents. None of the board members knows or totally understands the CC&Rs (covenants, conditions and restrictions, which are the governing documents of the association)
October 22, 2013 |
When NBA.com released its annual general managers' survey Tuesday, there were several interesting items regarding the Clippers. The Clippers appear to have garnered one vote to win the NBA championship. Asked to predict who would win the title, the GMs made the two-time defending champion Miami Heat the favorite with 75.9% of the vote. Indiana and San Antonio tied for second with 6.9% each, and the Clippers, Chicago and Oklahoma City were listed as "also receiving votes. " On the question of who would win the Western Conference, the Clippers got 20% of the GMs' votes, behind San Antonio (40%)