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What Veterans Want

One Marine's transition to civilian work.
 
A few months ago, David Orick, 33, was designing and conducting live-fire training exercises at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center near the southern California city of Twentynine Palms.
 
The infantry captain was calculating surface-fire danger zones, a job that demanded considerable mathematical skills to keep his trainees safe. ...




How to Navigate the Complex Military Retirement Pay System

The military retirement pay system used to be easy to understand: You put in 20 years, and you got 50 percent of your base pay immediately upon retirement. You put in more than 20 years and you got 2.5 percent more for each year of active duty after 20 years (up to 75 percent). ...




How to Hire and Keep Veterans

Veterans who are new to the private workforce come from an entirely different work environment than most other candidates. Employers that want to tap the talents of vets can lay the foundation for their success by keeping these tips in mind:
 
Design a strategy for your veterans hiring program. ...




Make Learning Matter: Become a Learning Organization

Organizations with the best chance to succeed and thrive in the future are learning organizations. In his landmark book, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (Compare Prices) , Peter Senge defined the learning organization. ...




Halloween in the workplace? Keep yourself out of trouble.

It’s that time of year where employers throw Halloween parties and accept employees wearing Halloween costumes in the workplace. Halloween is a fun way to play dress up and pretend as an adult but it’s also a really good way to create lasting problems in the workplace. ...




Department of Labor Issues Paid Sick Leave Rule for Federal Contractors

Federal contractors are likely to make the administratively easiest choices to comply with the Department of Labor's (DOL's) final paid sick leave rule, issued Sept. 29. They may "frontload" leave at the beginning of the year, ask for certification similar to Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) documentation when possible and offer paid time off (PTO) of at least 56 hours to all employees, even to ones who aren't working on federal contracts, legal experts say. ...




My Favorite Simple Opener for Meetings and Training Classes

Need a quick, no preparation icebreaker that works like a charm to break the ice in a meeting or training session? Highly adaptable, this icebreaker leads the participants right into the content of your meeting or training class. Here is my one-word icebreaker and my suggestions about how to endlessly adapt this icebreaker to your participants' needs. ...




The Great Debate: Employee vs Independent Contractor

It is a dilemma you will face at some point during the life of your small business. The company is growing nicely but there is only so much you can do. Adding to your human resources can result in additional revenue and less chaos in your business life. ...




Unchain Your Mind and Begin to Think Like a Visionary

Conceptual thinking is simply exploring and pondering to find out where an idea leads.
 
Recently, I was visiting a dear friend who works in Silicon Valley. He holds a Ph.D. and has developed computer technologies for a number of well-known companies. ...




When it's OK to Split From Your Current Employer

Yes, you can do it amicably.
When news broke about Angelina Jolie filing for divorce from Brad Pitt, many were shocked to see the end of the Hollywood megawatt couple that is Brangelina (gulp, check that – past tense, was).
And as various headlines try to point to the cause of the split, as a career expert, I can't help but think about how even when things seem ideal from the outside, what's really going on can be quite different. ...