Performance evaluation “is a nationwide issue—and it's an issue that is not going away,” said Norm Solomon, a professor of management at Fairfield University in Connecticut. “I don't think anybody should be surprised that this issue is coming to the fore. The key thing to any evaluation system, particularly in a collective bargaining situation, is to have some buy-in by the union, a sense that this is fair."
For our 90th anniversary, Workforce Management ran two bracket challenges to determine the most important topic in the workplace and in pop culture as it relates to the workforce. The contest took place on our 90th anniversary website (workforce.com/90th). The winners of the tournaments were the Internet for the Workforce Impact bracket and "Seinfeld" for the Pop Culture bracket.
Our readers voted 'Seinfeld' as their favorite Pop Culture topic related to the workplace. Of course, one of the most memorable characters on the show was Elaine Benes' boss, J. Peterman, played by John O'Hurley. Workforce Management recently caught up with the actor to learn the origins of the Peterman character and his working relationship with Elaine.
As part of our 90th anniversary, Workforce Management is talking to some of the people and organizations that helped influence today's workplace. In this installment, Workforce Management contributor Richard Rothschild speaks with Kelly Services Inc. president and CEO Carl Camden. For Kelly, it all began with a secretary who couldn't work because she was too ill. Sixty-six years later, it has become a multinational job placement company that finds temporary employment for 530,000 workers annually. With 8,000 full-time employees worldwide, the Troy, Michigan-based company's iconic image remains the “Kelly Girls,” those well-dressed women who would show up for office assignments wearing white gloves. Indeed, many observers still refer to the company with the words, “Oh, you're the Kelly Girls.”
Employees from acquired companies find ways to unite with one another through their affiliation with the English soccer club. The partnership added a new dimension in October with ‘Pass It On,' an employment and client engagement initiative.
At some companies, benefits sweeteners can extend beyond health and dental in an effort to better retain employees even after the job market improves. Some of the less-routine perks include pet insurance, elder care, free personal trainers and a $500 allowance toward a commuter bike purchase.