October 2012 Archives

This week, a Bloomberg News article revealed that the 62,600 jobs slated to eliminated by U.S. companies is the biggest two-month figure in two years. These losses include significant cuts by Ford, Colgate-Palmolive, Dow Chemical, and others. Most telling is the article's revelation that "the reductions coincide with a majority of U.S. companies missing analysts' third-quarter revenue estimates." John Challenger, chief executive officer of a Chicago-based human resources consulting firm, is then quoted as saying that these misses are "a sure prescription for layoffs starting to heat up as companies take immediate action to show their shareholders how responsive they are." True. Very true. But such a shame.

Interview on Employee Voice

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While a visiting professor at Macquarie University in Sydney, I was interviewed at Voice Project by my friend Professor Paul Gollan. Here are some excerpts.

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Whither Work? is a blog about work created by John Budd. I am a professor of Work and Organizations in the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, and the author of several books including The Thought of Work. Follow me on Twitter: @JohnWBudd.