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When Office Talk Can Hurt Your Business

Fri, May 30th, 2008 - 5:30 am - By Gordon Basichis

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  • Can Office Gossip Be Good For You?
  • No matter how large or small your office, office gossip is universal.
  • Office rumors stimulate conversation and provide natural breaks to make the day go by faster.
  • We all should be careful about engaging in office gossip, as it often can be derogatory when aimed toward others.
  • Office gossip, on the other hand, can be instrumental in discovering the pulse of the company.
  • What can you gain from office gossip?
  • You most certainly want to listen for valuable information that could affect your job. For example, if the company is about to be bought, sold, merged, or about to right size, down size or outsource, you most certainly want to be proactive in listening for signs of change. You certainly don’t want to be the last to hear important information.
  • A senior manager arrived at work one day and discovered that her company was sold. The sale was not announced to the staff. A team member found an article in the morning paper and then substantiated the information online. The senior manager was fired shortly thereafter as her position was eliminated for redundancy.
  • If you’re sensing unusual activity or hearing rumors, depending on the source, chances are they are true.
  • What’s the best way to protect your own interest?
  • For the entire article go to techexecpartners.

It would stand to reason that office gossips are neither good for production or morale. In fact, they may not be good for business at all. Do you think for a moment that those who run off at the mouth during work hours are not also doing the same once they are out the door.

Then, as Diane point out in her article, there is the upside. The employees with their ears to the ground who through some seemingly preternatural sensibility are able to acquire information that no one else has. They are the ones who get the scuttlebutt, as they say in the Navy.

So here in lies the dilemma, the same person that can clue you in to impending layoffs, buyouts and other acts of crisis that may impact your job are the same people who can bad mouth you behind your back. But, hey, no one claimed it is a perfect world and sometimes you get the best information from the people you don’t particularly like.

When its your business or you are the human resources manager responsible for hiring, in addition to the usual criminal background check and education verification, you may also wish to conduct a reference verification to see whether the candidate’s big mouth was part of the cause to show them the exit door.

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Employers Should Talk To Their Workers In The Style of Language They Understand

Thu, May 29th, 2008 - 5:39 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Communicating with your boss: Tips for Generation Y

  • (Computerworld) Like every generation, Gen Y is subject to its share of myths and stereotypes as it enters the IT workforce. Sometimes painted as privileged, technology-obsessed individuals who avoid face-to-face interaction, Millennial workers actually have many basic needs in common with their more experienced colleagues, including recognition, constructive feedback and a healthy relationship with one’s boss. That said, there are some real differences in the communication styles of different generations.
  • If you’re like many of your Generation Y colleagues, you prefer frequent communication with your boss.
  • For the entire article go to

Look, the most important thing about communication is the ability to communicate clearly. You can talk for hours, but if no one gets a word you are saying, then it all goes for naught. If you think this is overly simplistic, think of the jargon used in the business world and the other worlds that are supposed to enable a simpler form of communication. Sometimes sure the jargon works, but just as often in its generic quality we lose precise definition, which can make all the difference.

Since I am hardly a child at this stage of the game, although some may beg to differ, one of the things I have noticed when dealing with younger workers is that you must get to the point. Most are not overly burdened with abundant attention spans, and they have little tolerance for preambles. They may want to talk to you more often, sometimes because the information you provided the first time may have timed out somewhere in mid conversation. This doesn’t make the younger generation stupid by any means, just used to shorter inputs of information.

Whatever age group from which you are recruiting, a background check should be part of your pre-employment screening program. A solid interview, perhaps a psychological assessment and background checks covering criminal, education verification and even Motor Vehicle Records Searches to help determine behavior patterns.

As more than a few have said, let’s not resort to generic slogans as a means to communication. Spell it out sometimes, as if I was in fifth grade. You think you may be wasting time, but in reality you are saving yourself a bundle of it.

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Generation X, Or How to Advance Careers Without Harboring Too Much Resentment

Wed, May 28th, 2008 - 5:33 am - By Gordon Basichis


Generation X Doesn’t Like You

  • By Lance Haun • May 21st, 2008 • Category: Lead Story
  • And who can blame them?!
  • I certainly can’t. I would be irritated as hell with the work environment if I were a Gen X’er because they are supposed to be entering the earning years of their life (the one where you bank your retirement, put your kids through college and pay off your mortgage) and it is getting turned upside down by a variety of factors. Harvard Business Publishing throws some of these out:
  • Most corporate career paths “narrow” at the top
  • And then there are those pesky Gen Y’s.
  • X’ers are the most conservative cohort in today’s workforce
  • Boomer colleagues are annoying
  • Your own parenting pressures are at a peak
  • And this is why I am so indifferent about generational differences.
  • For the complete article go to

I loved this article. I enjoyed it for its insights, and enjoyed it even more since I am at the moment in a truncated p…ing contest with one of the op-ed columnists from a daily newspaper. She laments and otherwise whines about the Boomer generation co-opting her otherwise notable and utterly progressive Generation X. She referred to it as Boomer Cultural Imperialism. Gotta love a catchy phrase.

I think the point Lance Haun is making is quite a good one. In a nut shell, Gen X will eventually have its turn at the big brass ring. Right now, I suppose, to coin the old Steeler’s Wheel Song, “Stuck in the Middle With You,” Gen X is bordered by the omnipresent culturally imperialistic Boomers who still struggle to occupy senior executive positions, since they lack the decency to die off and allow the Gen X’ers to move in to the top spots. On other side, the new Gen Y’s with their techno savvy capabilities and their MBA’s are posing as much more attractive recruitment prospects than the graying or soon-to-be graying Gen X’ers. Uh, oh.

But as Lance attests, they too will have their day at the beach. The Boomers will in time fade out to the big be-in, and Gen X’ers will fill their spaces. Probably, as with the Boomers, Gen X will be resented by future generations. Perhaps they will be resented for rescinding their values or not having any real values at all. Young groups will make fun of their material desires and their oh so keen fashion senses. They will berate them for being far too conservative and for refusing against all temptations to ever really have any fun.

No matter. As the article attests every generation will face its own foibles and obstacles in looking for a job and advancing their careers. The thing in with any group is to conduct background checks and especially education verification searches to be sure they actually went to that college. Corra an help you there.

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If You Care About Green Industries, Do Your Corporate Research

Tue, May 27th, 2008 - 11:47 am - By Gordon Basichis

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China ‘now top carbon polluter’

By Roger Harrabin
BBC Environment analyst

China has already overtaken the US as the world’s “biggest polluter”, a report to be published next month says.

The research suggests the country’s greenhouse gas emissions have been underestimated, and probably passed those of the US in 2006-2007.

The University of California team will report their work in the Journal of Environment Economics and Management.

They warn that unchecked future growth will dwarf any emissions cuts made by rich nations under the Kyoto Protocol.

For the entire article go to BBCNews.

I guess it is no secret to most that China is now the largest polluter in the world. In fact, I am told, that periodically this big black cloud of schmootz that wafts across the ocean currents to visit California on its bad days. As if California doesn’t have enough troubles without black clouds of dirt visiting upon us.

But now there are growing concerns for a greener, better environment. Consumers and clients will judge you based on your concern for the environment. More importantly, they will base their desire to do business with you on your ecological concerns.

Doing corporate research goes a long way in helping you determine what companies are going green and are therefore appealing to consumers and prospective clients. Corra Business Research Services can help you there will cost-effective reviews. It’s sensible, given the conditions of the world we live in and the world in which we are liable to reside in the not too distant future.

So part of your bottom line is a green business. Making this a part of your policy, along with background checks and careful scrutiny is rapidly becoming essential. Be smart and be sure your company is moving its business toward the future. Corra can help you get there.

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