Workplace Ethics

EthicsFrom (12/8/2012)

Integrity is an interesting word.  Just as in my last post on the subject of servant leadership, integrity it is a word that has different meanings to different people.  When we say that someone has integrity, we are usually speaking about their good or best qualities. However, the dictionary defines ethics as:  (1) a firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values; incorruptibility.  (2) An unimpaired condition; soundness.  (3) The quality or state of being complete or undivided; completeness.

See, it doesn’t place any value judgments of good or bad; it just is. Some of the synonyms you may hear used for ethics are:  character, decency, goodness, honesty, morality, righteousness, rightness, uprightness, virtue. Integrity at its simplest means that all the things that go into making you who you are fit together and work together.  Most of us work from a set of ethics and core values that help us negotiate the rocky landscape of relationships, both at work and at home, which are positive in nature.   Read the full article from…

How To Scare Away A Job Interviewer

From (12/3/2012)

Most job seekers worry about making mistakes in interviews, but most interviewers understand that no one gives a perfect interview and will overlook the occasional flubbed answer. However, it’s still possible to scare off your interviewer with a single statement or action. Here are 10 of the most likely ways to spook your interviewer.    Read the full article from…

More Job Creation, Less Pay, More Churn At Startups

From (11/29/2012)

Newer firms are leading the way in job creation, suggesting that greater opportunities are arising within the startup community than with established organizations. However, employees at newer firms make 30% less than their counterparts in mature organizations.

These are the findings of a new study released by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, an entrepreneurial think tank. The study, based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s Quarterly Workforce Indicators, finds that young firms disproportionately create jobs. The youngest firms (ages zero to one) account for about 15% of overall job creation while firms between two and ten years old account for about 25% of job creation. Combined, these two groups account for about 40% of job creation—much higher than their combined employment share of 25%.

The percentage of hiring based on job creation is much greater at startups than at more mature firms. Four out of every 10 hires at startups are for newly created jobs, much higher than in older firms, where the ratio fluctuates between 0.25 and 0.33.    Read the full article

How Companies Must Adapt For An Aging Workforce

From Harvard Business Review (Blogs) (12/3/2012)

Companies Must Adapt to a Changing WorkplaceThe world’s population is growing older, taking us into uncharted demographic waters. By 2050, over one-fifth of the US population will be 65 or older, up from the current figure of one-seventh. The number of centenarians worldwide will double by 2023 and double again by 2035. Projections suggest life expectancy will surpass 100 in some industrialized countries by the second half of this century — roughly triple the lifespan that prevailed worldwide throughout most of human history. Anti-aging technologies — from memory-enhancing drugs to high-tech joint replacements — have combined with healthy lifestyles not merely to increase longevity but to make old age healthier for many people.

Although the jury is still out, there is evidence that disability at the end of life is being compressed into a shorter period, which suggests that longer workspans will accompany longer lifespans. In the near future, employees in significantly growing numbers will likely be able to work productively into their eighth or even ninth decade.  Read the full article from