The HR Pro: Fear Is the Wrong Response to #MeToo
Oct11

The HR Pro: Fear Is the Wrong Response to #MeToo

It’s become known as the Mike Pence rule, but some men see it as a way of protecting themselves from potential sexual harassment accusations. The vice president never eats alone with a woman other than his wife, according to a Washington Post article last year, and he won’t attend events featuring alcohol except in her company. “It was really unhelpful when he said that,” W. Brad Johnson, a psychology professor at the United States...

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The Business of Agriculture: Female Farmers Lead the Way in New Hampshire
Oct11

The Business of Agriculture: Female Farmers Lead the Way in New Hampshire

A young child wearing a pink dress, fairy wings attached to her back, watering seeds in the family greenhouse. That is Forrest Barker’s favorite photograph of herself. Now 23, she may not have the fairy wings, but Barker’s passion for the farmland on which she grew up has only swelled. She took that zeal to Cornell University to study agricultural sciences, and returned after graduation to the multiple-generation farm off Route 33 in...

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Retailers Wage ‘War for Talent’ in Advance of Holidays
Oct11

Retailers Wage ‘War for Talent’ in Advance of Holidays

It’s only fall, but the holiday hiring frenzy is in full swing. For proof, just walk through the mall: “We’re hiring and we’d love to meet you,” signs outside Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids said on a recent weekday at Tysons Corner Center, a sprawling northern Virginia shopping mall just outside Washington. “Make our house your home,” offered White House Black Market. “Join our team of outsiders,” urged L.L. Bean. The clothing...

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As Joblessness Falls, Skilled Workers Might Be Harder to Find
Oct11

As Joblessness Falls, Skilled Workers Might Be Harder to Find

Are America’s employers at risk of running out of skilled people to hire? The U.S. economy has become a seemingly perpetual job-generating machine, having steadily added workers for nearly eight years. Even with the unemployment rate now at 3.7 percent — its lowest point since 1969 — hiring hasn’t stalled. So far this year, job agrowth has averaged a robust 208,000 a month, up from a pace of 182,000 for all of 2017. The trend has...

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Old Business: Cool for the Summer
Jul20

Old Business: Cool for the Summer

A look back at how residents enjoyed the area’s season offerings in the 1960s.

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On Philanthropy: Give Kids a Chance to Give

Many of us adults give considerable thought to how we will pass along our money to the rising generations in our families when we die. Far fewer of us also consider how we will pass along our “value assets” — our family’s unique approach to community, giving back and helping others, while we’re living. The passing along of family values cannot take place all at once, in a few conversations towards the end of life or in a paragraph...

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How Far Should You Go to Back a Job Candidate?

Dear HR Pro: My department has a strategic staff position opening, and a friend of mine, “Joe,” recommended his former colleague “Eleanor” for the position. After meeting with her, I was pleased to recommend her, as her qualifications are just right and she’s kept her knowledge up to date while being out of the workforce with family. But … she interviewed very poorly. Do I put my credibility on the line to help her get a second...

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Workplace Navigator: I Work at a Nonprofit and I Want My Money

Question: I am a day care teacher for a nonprofit that serves limited-income families. Every two weeks, we receive our pay by paper check and can cash the checks only at the bank used by the nonprofit. However, there is not always enough money in the nonprofit’s account to cover all the checks. Those who delay getting to the bank may have to wait up to an additional week to receive their pay. I still live at home and will soon be...

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Who Needs the Bank? Digital Asset Cryptocurrency Is Creating a New Economic System
Apr25

Who Needs the Bank? Digital Asset Cryptocurrency Is Creating a New Economic System

Bitcoin. Litecoin. Ethereum. All are cryptocurrency which have entered the lexicon of many since its 2008 inception. There is a cryptocurrency craze happening globally. People are using it as a currency held in digital wallets on mobile phones to pay for goods and services. Others are mining or using this electronic cash system as an investment to get rich quickly, in theory. This rage just reached the masses on the shores of the...

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