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James Fields: Six tactics to hire smart technology employees

James Fields: Six tactics to hire smart technology employees | COMM 307 | Scoop.it
Many employers make hasty decisions when hiring technology professionals. Here are six tips to keep your technology recruiting in tip-top shape.
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This article suggests six things to consider when hiring. Forth on the list is to understand personality styles. That you need to know if a potential employee's personality will fit in with personalities of the work place and that it is crucial to know their personality will add to the environment. The article also adds that by knowing/understanding personality styles the employer can tell if the person can be a potentially long term or short term addition. Management should use D.I.S.C. to asses personality styles. Dominance, influence, steadiness, and conscientiousness. Many of these criteria line up with what we have learned in class.

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Toyota kept issue silent, lawsuit says

Toyota kept issue silent, lawsuit says | COMM 307 | Scoop.it
Employees at Toyota dealerships witnessed and duplicated sudden acceleration in the company's vehicles several times in the last decade, yet the automaker did not report the findings to regulators,...
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Lawsuit costs Toyota $16.4 million dollars for actively concealing information, instead of fixing or recalling potentially lethal automobiles. Mismanagement of ethical issues can destroy a business, even the fortune 500 companies.

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'Social loafing' often disrupts work teams - Dayton Business Journal

'Social loafing' often disrupts work teams - Dayton Business Journal | COMM 307 | Scoop.it
Dayton, OH News - View Daily Local Business News, Resources & more in Dayton, Ohio.
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This article makes a connection between social loafing and cultural values.  Social loafing occures more often if team members embrace individual values, compared to collective societies. People from collective cultures value the team and see themselves as members of the team before seeing themselves as individuals.

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Goodwill opens new $14 million healthcare laundry - Business - MiamiHerald.com

Goodwill opens new $14 million healthcare laundry - Business - MiamiHerald.com | COMM 307 | Scoop.it
Promising 200 new jobs, competitive wages and a workforce largely made up of people with disabilities, Goodwill makes a big investment in cleaning hospital linens.
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Goodwill makes more than $90 million in revenue running a a wide rang of businesses with the overall aim of employing people with disabilities.

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What are the Common Mistakes of New Managers? - Management - WSJ.com

New managers make many mistakes, such as believing power stems from their title and that they have to control everything. Here are some of the biggest mistakes -- and how to avoid them.
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Managers wield significant authority, and authority flows from the manager’s position, these are a couple of myths new managers have when entering the management position. New managers don't realize the mountain they have to climb to earn respect and to learn  how a particular organization operates.

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Hard Evidence Of Feedback Reducing Injuries And Altering Organizational Culture

Hard Evidence Of Feedback Reducing Injuries And Altering Organizational Culture | COMM 307 | Scoop.it
Higher safety climate reported when supervisors give feedback (photo credit: iStockphoto) Organizational culture can be hard to change.
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Organizational culture can be resistant to change. This article looks into an experiment which found everyday communication in a workplace has a profound impact on employee’s perception of their company’s priorities.

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Rules for Congress Curb but Don’t End Junkets - NYTimes.com

Rules for Congress Curb but Don’t End Junkets - NYTimes.com | COMM 307 | Scoop.it
Some lawmakers evade ethics rules meant to limit junkets hosted by private groups and companies.
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Congress members are not playing by the rules. Some members have been exploiting loopholes in guidelines adopted in 2007 to limit corporate influence on Washington. This article shows that lobbyist and companies employing them are still underwriting dozens of member in congress. Do politicians don’t seem to have an ethical bone in their body, they can’t seem to make the right decision in an ethical dilemma.

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As growth in U.S. slows, Wal-Mart puts more emphasis on foreign stores

As growth in U.S. slows, Wal-Mart puts more emphasis on foreign stores | COMM 307 | Scoop.it
BENTONVILLE, ARK. -- The American consumer alone can no longer save the world, and nowhere is that more apparent than here inside the world's largest retailer: Wal-Mart.
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Wal-mart is an international corporation, 60 percent of the growth in Wal-Mart's footprint came internationally last quarter. Wal-Mart has nine international store formats ranging from relatively tiny Bodegas to superstores to better assimilate to the culture. All the stores strictly adhere the company’s core principle “always low prices.”

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Teamwork vs. Individualism

Teamwork vs. Individualism | COMM 307 | Scoop.it
Teamwork and individualism are particularly interesting human characteristics because despite being antonyms, they are both universally valued and their importance to society is considered a truism. ...
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The way you organize your company will determine which of these traits dominates the culture of your business, as well as the results your company generates yet this article doesn’t suggest how to do so. Organizations that support individualistic behaviors usually generate innovative and creative ideas. Organizations that support teamwork usually accomplish large complex projects, they are also more effective when investigating problems and detecting flaws.

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When the Axe Swings, Your Worst Employees Will Outperform

When the Axe Swings, Your Worst Employees Will Outperform | COMM 307 | Scoop.it
Conventional wisdom suggests that companies have been able to maintain output with fewer employees because bosses took care to fire the worst workers and...
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Employees work better when they run the risk of losing their jobs. The efforts put in by workers are highest in areas with high unemployment rates. The article states it doesn’t matter who is fired because who ever is left will be motivated to work harder.

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Facebook Employees Reveal 16 Awful Things About Working At Facebook

Facebook Employees Reveal 16 Awful Things About Working At Facebook | COMM 307 | Scoop.it
These are the worst things about working at Facebook.
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Facebook employees speak out on the lack of a clear vision of future products, personal space and privacy in the work space, feed back, and the lack of organization. The company grew too fast making it hard to manage a team of 4,000, and it does not help to have arrogant managers belittling their staff.

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