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Working with Marijuana: What a long strange trip it’s going to be

Marijuana goes mainstream

 

Medical Cannabis Growing Operation in Oakland,...
Medical Cannabis Growing Operation in Oakland, California (Photo credit: Rusty Blazenhoff)

 

(For my HR friends and the VC speculators at #sxsw)

 

How do you when an interesting yet risky counter culture business venture is about to go mainstream?

 

You see start to see people being hired by companies who are investing in the business even before it is ready to launch, and you start to see job boards.

 

I saw a story in my local paper today about a guy here in Florida who landed a job as a Professor of Cannabis at a Tampa start-up called Medical Marijuana Tampa.  The company  founded by Jeremy Bufford who is hoping that Florida voters will approve a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in November.  According to the Ledger report, Medical Marijuana Tampa now has 14 paid employees, all in training and hopeful that the ballot initiative will become law.

 

Our local Professor of Cannabis found his job via Cannajobs.  According to their website:

 

Cannajobs is about creating qualified, reliable people to work in the cannabis industry. It is also about educating you about how to find a job, qualify for a job and start a career for yourself.

If you are an employer, we are here to either help you find a qualified, reliable worker OR get you information that will help you market your cannabis business more effectively.

We are not just a posting site. We will be holding job fairs in many cities of the U.S. to promote this industry and get people informed about their options. We will be actively involved with qualifying people to be employed.

Join Cannajobs in creating an online community of potential cannabis employees and burgeoning cannabis businesses linking up to become more successful than ever before.

This a new American industry. Let’s make the most out of it.

 

Working with Pot is the new American dream, not to mention Canada, and what a strange hazy dream it turns out to be.

 

There are currently 626 postings and position desired postings on CannaJobs, ranging from marijuana marketing consultants – “I am very familiar with your products;” and facilitators – “Much time spent in Amsterdam with Seed Breeders, and other Luminaries. Willing to Relocate to Florida for the right opportunity…;” to a 2nd Generation Shamanic Dowser, 10+ years horticultural experience.

 

My name is {Redacted}, I have been working in the Horticultural Industry for well over a decade. This has been in the form of a plant health specialist for upper level Golf Courses I have worked at in South Florida. Over this time I have perfected my Shamanic Dowsing Techniques for perfect plant nutrient levels. 

I have also developed many innovative and unique ways to energetically enhance the health of plants through shamanic means. I can also resolve issues associated with noxious earth energies and other nasties as well. 

Unfortunately I have never been able to market these techniques to others in the industry I am in now because of the culture and close mindedness of most in the golf course field. I am testing the waters with this post to find out if there are any in the Cannabis industry that would be interested in benefiting from my skill set. This, as a service to any growers operating within the legal guidelines of their local government. 

I will offer initially a free trial to any state legal growers that are curious to find out if I am full of s— or not. All you have to do is contact me and let me know how many test plants you want me to perform my skill set on. If you are not satisfied with the results, you pay zero and all is good. 

Because of the Shamanic means by which I perform my techniques, my services can be done remotely. No need for me to be on site. I can dowse all essential plant nutrient levels on any plant anywhere in the world. All I need are the desired growth and plant health characteristics of the grower.

 

There are also serious legit jobs on Cannajobs, like this one from our Canadian neighbors to the north, posted below.  Who knew that even those employed in the ultimate counter-culture biz would need to comply with HR policies?

 

 Marijuana Master Grower, Permanent, Atlantic Canada

 

SBHIR Consulting in Atlantic, Canada

 

Marijuana Master Grower, Permanent, Atlantic Canada
Master Grower required for a 25,000 square foot, state of the art medical marijuana production facility in Atlantic Canada. The ideal candidate will hold a Masters Degree in horticulture or agriculture, and have significant experience managing a commercial production facility.

An attractive compensation package will be offered to the successful candidate, including a base salary, performance based bonuses, stock options and a one-time signing bonus (to assist with relocation costs).
JOB DESCRIPTION:
Manage a large-scale commercial production facility of over 10,000 plants. Perform all the tasks in the grow including: cloning, transplanting, feeding plants, defoliation, super cropping, topping, flushing, foliar and preventative sprays, trimming, packaging, waste disposal and inventory management. Company operates under the highest standards of professionalism.
DUTIES:

  • Manage a large-scale warehouse with 100, thousand watt grow lights.
  • Perform all the tasks in the grow including: cloning, transplanting, feeding plants, defoliation, super cropping, topping, flushing, foliar and preventative sprays, trimming, packaging, waste disposal and inventory management.
  • Develop and/or maintain grow warehouse protocols and nutrient regiment.
  • Manage grow warehouse working crew of 10 employees.
  • Manage marijuana plants, giving each individual plant the attention it needs one at a time.
  • Manage plant scheduling and organization to precisely project all garden needs on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis to keep garden green and expenses low.
  • Cataloging and analyzing each individual strain from clone to flower to harvesting.
  • Cloning and manage vegetation with at least a 90% success rate.
  • Execute preventative maintenance and elimination of all types of mold, powdery mildew, spider mites, root aphids, fungus gnats, etc.
  • Maintain a clean and organized work environment.
  • Mastery of Ebb & Flow, DWC and Aeroponics growing methods, including in-depth knowledge of PH; PPM and EC counts.
  • Mastery of Soil growing methods including micronutrients, beneficial bacteria and nutrient implementation.
  • Working knowledge in container systems with soil and hydro as well as understanding temperature and humidity manipulation.
  • Expert knowledge of plant diseases, insects and fungi, as well as plant treatment options
  • Well researched in new techniques and insight to expand knowledge in nutrient of individual strains, high yield recipes, controlled stress environments to different lighting systems and set ups.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Strains; Sativa, Indica and Hybrids and mastery of medicinal implementation and knowledge of effects of strains and types of medicinal administration.
  • Assist government auditors with inventory, sales and compliance audits.
  • Comply with all HR policies including confidentiality and non-disclosure.
  • Facility maintenance and troubleshooting as necessary.
    SKILLS / QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Management of a commercial grow operation for more than 5 years.
  • You have at least 2 years commercial grow experience as a Master Grower.
  • Knowledge of large scale commercial plant cultivation including nutrient requirements, mediums, light requirements, temperature control, air flow, etc.
  • Knowledge of plant diseases, insects and fungi, as well as plant treatment options
  • Physical aptitude and health necessary to perform manual labor tasks required for the proper management of grow warehouse.
  • Advanced knowledge of the cannabis plant and genetics.
  • Must be able to provide grow resume, pictures and portfolio at interview.
  • Must have accountability, proactive behavior and strong attention to detail.
    REQUIREMENTS:
  • You are at least 21 years of age
  • You have no felony convictions
  • You are willing to participate in an extensive background security check.
  • You can start immediately.
  • You are trustworthy and hard working

 

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The True Joy of Business Travel

The Story Behind Geriatric Happy Hour

This week I headed out on my first business trip of the year, an overnight jaunt to Deerfield Beach FL to deliver a update on developing labor relations trends to a management team.

A room with a king bed at the Hampton Inn.   Lunch at Taco Prince.  Dinner on the way home via the Publix deli. Sounds glamorous, right?

There are some fun parts to business travel for me.

I love taking advantage of the opportunity to connect with people, which I did on this trip by having lunch with an HR colleague.   That’s great stuff for personal and professional networking.

What I love the most though is the opportunity to find ways to watch people and find fun stories.  On this trip, I had a tremendously fun experience.  I went to Duffy’s Sports Grill to watch a rebroadcast of the Women’s Hockey game between the USA and Canada.  This was during Happy Hour, which was 2 for 1.  The bar was packed with local senior citizenry, many of whom I would bet congregate there on a daily basis.  They were drinking and carrying on like grade school kids, cracking jokes and cackling.  They literally had me rolling off my bar stool in laughter.  I shared some of the gems on Facebook as I heard them.

I present them here for your amusement.

Overheard at geriatric happy hour

I just had my second knee replacement.

it’s 2 for 1, right? I’d like a red wine and a white wine. I like to live dangerously!

I’m so old I can remember when a cigar was just a cigar, and you were actually allowed to smoke them.

She was going to divorce him, but then he died.

That kid Reagan, he turned out to be a good President after all.

Canada, Is that near Cuba?

I told my wife to order me an Old Fat Bastard, and she said WTH would I do with two of you?

Somebody is putting the shit we say on Facebook! Wtf?

2 for 1? Johnny Walker Black, Double it up and make sure I get another one before happy hour ends!

Is there anything better than hanging out at a geriatric happy hour in South Florida?

Only one thing, seeing a guy wearing driving gloves while cruising in his NIssan Versa on the Florida Turnpike

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All this chirping about Twitter at the Olympics is annoying!

Olympics and Twitter / Oil and Water

 

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I’ve been thinking a lot about civility lately.  You know civility, derives from being civil,  and involves being part of a civilization.  We are rapidly becoming a #FAIL in this area.  I don’t think we know how to behave in a civil manner anymore, especially when people find themselves on a global stage like Olympics

 

Just take the Olympics and Twitter, which only began this week.  I can’t count the number of times people have gotten themselves in trouble via Twitter, just at the Olympics.  We have Lolo, Hope Solo, Guy Adams, an alleged Greek racist, and a couple of others.

 

All this has taken place in just a week of athletes with little self control being able to speak directly into the public eye.  It might be time to stop.

 

Guy Adams is a reporter.  He got in trouble for the questionable decision decision of publishing a business email address for an NBC exec on his Twitter feed and telling people to share their thoughts with the guy.   The case has stirred the fickle ire of the blogosphere, and his account has now been sheepishly reinstated by Twitter.  I don’t like what the guy did.  I think it crossed a line.  He’s not reporting news, he was trying to make news and get attention.

I don’t think this is what reaching out on Twitter to talk with other people.  Stop it people!

Here are links to the various Twitter series if you want to read them in full.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1280306-lolo-jones-twitter-controversy-should-not-overshadow-great-story-of-redemption
  • http://www.latimes.com/sports/olympics/olympicsnow/la-sp-on-guy-adams-twitter-ban-lifted-20120731,0,1582727.story
  • http://www.masslive.com/olympics/index.ssf/2012/08/2012_twitter_games_hope_solo_and_others_should_keep_calm_and_shut_up.html
  • http://www.examiner.com/article/olympic-ugliness-on-twitter-two-expelled-will-hope-solo-be-next
  • http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-33747_162-57482069/hope-solo-scolded-not-punished-for-twitter-rant/
  • http://www.starpulse.com/news/SheKnows_Entertainment/2012/07/30/olympian_lolo_jones_under_fire_for_gun
  • http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1280306-lolo-jones-twitter-controversy-should-not-overshadow-great-story-of-redemption

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Your inspiring expert video could be worth thousands!

Randstad “Inspiring Experts” Contest

I was asked to pass word along about this contest from the fine people at Randstad.  You will definitely want to check out their new Inspiring Experts program. It is a scholarship program and contest to inspire the next generation of workers even in this tough job market.

Here are some more details.   I think I’m going to jump in and see what happens.

Randstad “Inspiring Experts” Contest

Are you a student or a seasoned professional looking to impact the world through your career? Tell Randstad about it! It’s simple – record a video to inspire others on choosing the right career path. Submit your video, and share with friends to get them to vote. If you get the most votes, you could win up to $10,000! The top student vote getter will receive a $10,000 scholarship, and the top professional vote getter will receive a $5,000 gift for themselves and $5,000 for their favorite charity. 2nd – 5th ranked student vote getters will each receive a $2,000 scholarships, and 2nd – 5th ranked professional vote getters will each receive a $1,000 gift for themselves and $1,000 for their favorite charity. The top five finalists in both categories will also receive an iPad2 and have the chance to get their name out and build their resumes by guest blogging at InspiringExperts.com.

Learn more about the contest and submit your video today at www.inspiringexperts.com.

The InspiringExperts Video Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. States, and the District of Columbia. You must be 18 or older by October 1, 2011 to submit a video. No purchase necessary. See full rules at
http://www.inspiringexperts.

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Guest Post: Job Search Tips via @TomTom_HRGuy

 

Job Searching Tips

@TomTom_HRGuy  (check out his blog)

Hey Everyone!


My friends and classmates wanted me to talk about some tips on job searching. When I was trying to do some research on this topic online, I found absolutely no definitive guide to job searching. There are all these little tips like “update your resume” or “Google search your name every day”, but no solid suggestions on getting a decent job for yourself. I’m hoping that this post will be useful to you and your friends who are getting ready to start or restart your careers. So let’s get started, shall we?


Where to find job ads


So you would like to find a job… where do you look? There are so many places to go online like Monster.com, Workopolis.com, and Jobserve.ca where you can upload your resume and basically have employers looking for you while you’re looking for them (neat, eh?). There are so many other job search sites that you can go to, but those three are my favourites. Online job searching sites are great for finding jobs in any city you’d be willing to travel to and not just your current city.


There are also local recruitment firms in your area that you can look up and get into contact with someone. Recruitment firms that I have looked into give you the option of uploading your resume onto their website so that you’re on file next time employers are looking for workers. This approach is a lot slower than the others because you would have to play the waiting game.


As you can probably tell from my other blog posts, I really like LinkedIn and the large amount of job posts they have. Also, if you utilize LinkedIn well enough, you could be involved with online groups and discussions that would help you find even more jobs than what would normally be posted. For more information on LinkedIn just CLICK HERE. While we are on the topic of Social Media, Twitter is another great place to find work. There are so many people you can follow that will tell you when specific jobs open up in your city. For example, I’m in Human Resources and I am currently following @Human__Resource which lets me know when there are new job openings in my area. Just search the job you’d like and your city and there should be quite a few postings listed.


Grab your local newspaper and look in the Classifieds section to see if there is anything there that might interest you. If you never buy the newspaper, at least go onto a couple of your local newspapers’ websites and look into the Classifieds page. You’d be surprised what a quick search on their site can get you. The last thing you could do is either go from business to business handing out your resume to companies you’re interested in working for, or email their Human Resources department your resume for consideration.

Don’t limit yourself

 

Once you find a couple of sources that you feel comfortable with then you need to start applying. I’ve noticed some people trying to get into one company that they want to work for, but when you are pplying for a job you really REALLY want to get… chances are everyone else wants that job too. Don’t limit yourself to only one company or one job opening. Apply for as many jobs that you can find that relate to you.


I don’t want to insult anyone, so let’s say a new graduate from a unnamed university or college wants to apply for a job; unless you have the best of the best grades, A LOT of work experience relevant to your field of study, and great references then at this stage in your career (which is non-existent) you should NOT be picky of what jobs you should apply for. Think of it like a funnel effect: you apply for 20 jobs and out of those 20 jobs 5 call you back for an interview. Out of those 5 interviews, maybe 2 will call you back for the job or a second interview. At the very last stage is when you can start getting selective of where you want to work because you now have more information about the company than you did staring at their job ad.


Nice little hint: The more jobs offered to you at the end of the funnel, the more leverage you have to getting the compensation you think you deserve (although, don’t get too greedy because they can easily drop you like a rock as well). Let’s say Company A has a high compensation package but not the best fit (yes I said fit) for you and Company B has the best fit but pays considerably less than Company A. There is nothing wrong with being transparent with the employer by saying “I love your company and would work for you in a heartbeat, but it just doesn’t compensate as much as Company A does and I need that in this stage in my life”. One of two things will happen: 1) They will say sorry to lose you and hire the next guy or 2) They really want you because you do fit with their company then they might be willing to meet you in the middle (which is better than just taking the job). Now if option 1 happened, either take the higher paying job or turns them down and try again… it’s not set in stone!


Job Advertisements: Minimum Requirements vs. “An Asset”


I love this part because there is so much to look for in job ads. I’ve known some people to get intimidated when looking for work because the companies ask for the world… What?! I need a degree AND 5 years experience? Companies are putting an advertisement for the perfect worker, so you don’t need to be that perfect worker… yet. If you are looking at a reasonable job ad (not CEO, sorry) that says you need a degree and experience then one of those two items is an asset to have, but it is not necessary to have both. If you have the degree then you should apply! If you have the experience but no degree then you should apply! If you don’t have either experience or a degree then I suggest you start looking into getting one of those to help you in the future. Moral of this story is look closely at job ads because they will list off everything that MIGHT help you in this position, but you don’t NEED all of that stuff. It takes 2 seconds to apply for a job, so do it and forget about it until you get a phone call from them! If it is a job you feel you would like then apply for it… and then apply for 20 more!


This is a Patience game… it takes time but never sit still! Always keep looking!

Once you get phone calls back from all these jobs you’ve applied for and you would like some help preparing for interviews then feel free to contact me and I’ll definitely help you out with that. I’ll also have a How to Interview post on here soon.

 

 

 

Job Searching Tips

@TomTom_HRGuy

Hey Everyone!

Description: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZMg_pYW3ONA/TadtNUwagMI/AAAAAAAAABA/Wx9vdtJptY8/s200/Job+search.jpg

My friends and classmates wanted me to talk about some tips on job searching. When I was trying to do some research on this topic online, I found absolutely no definitive guide to job searching. There are all these little tips like “update your resume” or “Google search your name every day”, but no solid suggestions on getting a decent job for yourself. I’m hoping that this post will be useful to you and your friends who are getting ready to start or restart your careers. So let’s get started, shall we?

Where to find job ads

So you would like to find a job… where do you look? There are so many places to go online like Monster.com, Workopolis.com, and Jobserve.ca where you can upload your resume and basically have employers looking for you while you’re looking for them (neat, eh?). There are so many other job search sites that you can go to, but those three are my favourites. Online job searching sites are great for finding jobs in any city you’d be willing to travel to and not just your current city.

There are also local recruitment firms in your area that you can look up and get into contact with someone. Recruitment firms that I have looked into give you the option of uploading your resume onto their website so that you’re on file next time employers are looking for workers. This approach is a lot slower than the others because you would have to play the waiting game.

As you can probably tell from my other blog posts, I really like LinkedIn and the large amount of job posts they have. Also, if you utilize LinkedIn well enough, you could be involved with online groups and discussions that would help you find even more jobs than what would normally be posted. For more information on LinkedIn just CLICK HERE. While we are on the topic of Social Media, Twitter is another great place to find work. There are so many people you can follow that will tell you when specific jobs open up in your city. For example, I’m in Human Resources and I am currently following @Human__Resource which lets me know when there are new job openings in my area. Just search the job you’d like and your city and there should be quite a few postings listed.

Grab your local newspaper and look in the Classifieds section to see if there is anything there that might interest you. If you never buy the newspaper, at least go onto a couple of your local newspapers’ websites and look into the Classifieds page. You’d be surprised what a quick search on their site can get you. The last thing you could do is either go from business to business handing out your resume to companies you’re interested in working for, or email their Human Resources department your resume for consideration.

Don’t limit yourself

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Once you find a couple of sources that you feel comfortable with then you need to start applying. I’ve noticed some people trying to get into one company that they want to work for, but when you are applying for a job you really REALLY want to get… chances are everyone else wants that job too. Don’t limit yourself to only one company or one job opening. Apply for as many jobs that you can find that relate to you.

I don’t want to insult anyone, so let’s say a new graduate from a unnamed university or college wants to apply for a job; unless you have the best of the best grades, A LOT of work experience relevant to your field of study, and great references then at this stage in your career (which is non-existent) you should NOT be picky of what jobs you should apply for. Think of it like a funnel effect: you apply for 20 jobs and out of those 20 jobs 5 call you back for an interview. Out of those 5 interviews, maybe 2 will call you back for the job or a second interview. At the very last stage is when you can start getting selective of where you want to work because you now have more information about the company than you did staring at their job ad.

Nice little hint: The more jobs offered to you at the end of the funnel, the more leverage you have to getting the compensation you think you deserve (although, don’t get too greedy because they can easily drop you like a rock as well). Let’s say Company A has a high compensation package but not the best fit (yes I said fit) for you and Company B has the best fit but pays considerably less than Company A. There is nothing wrong with being transparent with the employer by saying “I love your company and would work for you in a heartbeat, but it just doesn’t compensate as much as Company A does and I need that in this stage in my life”. One of two things will happen: 1) They will say sorry to lose you and hire the next guy or 2) They really want you because you do fit with their company then they might be willing to meet you in the middle (which is better than just taking the job). Now if option 1 happened, either take the higher paying job or turns them down and try again… it’s not set in stone!

Job Advertisements: Minimum Requirements vs. “An Asset”

I love this part because there is so much to look for in job ads. I’ve known some people to get intimidated when looking for work because the companies ask for the world… What?! I need a degree AND 5 years experience? Companies are putting an advertisement for the perfect worker, so you don’t need to be that perfect worker… yet. If you are looking at a reasonable job ad (not CEO, sorry) that says you need a degree and experience then one of those two items is an asset to have, but it is not necessary to have both. If you have the degree then you should apply! If you have the experience but no degree then you should apply! If you don’t have either experience or a degree then I suggest you start looking into getting one of those to help you in the future. Moral of this story is look closely at job ads because they will list off everything that MIGHT help you in this position, but you don’t NEED all of that stuff. It takes 2 seconds to apply for a job, so do it and forget about it until you get a phone call from them! If it is a job you feel you would like then apply for it… and then apply for 20 more!

This is a Patience game… it takes time but never sit still! Always keep looking!

Once you get phone calls back from all these jobs you’ve applied for and you would like some help preparing for interviews then feel free to contact me and I’ll definitely help you out with that. I’ll also have a How to Interview post on here soon.

 

 

 

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A CEO and a Union

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Price Chopper CEO talks about unions

The message below was sent by Neil M. Golub, president and chief executive officer of Golub Corp., owner of Price Chopper, to all employees in his company, discussing his view on unions.   He sent the memo in response to a developing organizing campaign taking place in upstate New York.    This is an interesting example of communication to your workforce on a topic that doesn’t come up that often.

The last time I wrote about Price Chopper , it was  due to a social media situation in which they were on the wrong end of a tweet gone bad.   I also wrote about them here.

Communicating the company position

The UFCW is sending teams of organizers into many of our stores in an attempt to disrupt our business and entice you to sign union authorization cards and join their ranks.  PLEASE BE ON YOUR GUARD. That card is a legal document and by signing it you could be giving away some of your rights and appointing the UFCW to represent you.

Due to the fact that several unionized supermarkets have gone out of business (i.e. P&C), the UFCW is desperate for new members. They need dues income to replace what was lost and are hoping to get it from you. You may hear many claims from UFCW representatives that they will get you more money, better benefits and different work rules — whatever they think you want to hear in order to get your signature on a card. The truth is, the union can promise you anything but can guarantee you nothing.

We firmly believe that this union is not in your best interest or the best interest of Price Chopper. We are a family company and have a 78 year history of working out issues together without outside interference, aggravation, or additional cost to you. All we ask is that you look past the union’s sales pitch and get the real facts about unionization.

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Laurie Ruettimann, Raymond Chandler, and……….

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Goodbye Punk Rock HR

Tomorrow will be Laurie Ruettimann’s last post on Punk Rock HR.

Hey Laurie, I just wanted to say thanks for sharing so much of yourself with all of us, and for breaking ground in a bunch of different ways in our profession, and for being my friend and supporting my blog over the past 3 years.   I appreciate it more than you know.

It’s been fun, and I can’t wait to see you in Orlando at HR Florida.  #fact

Hello Cynical Girl

Looking forward to seeing what comes next!

Raymond  Chandler?

Oh yeah, he wrote some book about an encounter with a drunk that brings both adventure and trouble to the life of a cynical middle-aged private detective.


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HRevolution 2010: It won’t be the same without you!

HRevolution 2010

The confirmed dates and location of HRevolution 2010 were announced today by Trish MacFarlane.   Tickets are already going like hotcakes!   If you want to attend at Catalyst Ranch in Chicago, you better sign up now!

This is a unique event.  I am still pissed that I missed it last year, but not this year.  I am already signed up, and so are bunch of other great HR peeps!

HRevolution Attendee List as of 8:30 am 3/2/2010

  • Robin Schooling

  • Michael VanDervort

  • Lisa Rosendahl

  • Sally Petersen

  • Shauna Moerke

  • Bryon Abramowitz

  • William Hebert

  • Joan Ginsberg

  • Crystal Peterson

  • Ben Eubanks

  • Mark Stelzner

  • Trish McFarlane

  • Jason Seiden

  • Steve Boese

  • Mary Oxford

  • Adriana Hernandez

  • Matt Stollak

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Does HR matter in social media, or are we just an echo chamber?

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helloooooooo!!!!! hellll-oooooo-oooo-ooo???

Is there anyone out there?

Of course there is.   Otherwise, why would I be writing this?

I had an interesting discussion with Mark Stelzner the other day.  It was discussion that we have been through before, and one that many of us probably have on a regular basis.     Who are we talking to with our blog posts, Internet radio shows, tweets, and various other forms of socialmediaspheric content generation?

Are we writing for a general audience of interested people, or are we chatting inside a comfortable echo chamber of our own making?

I think the answer as it pertains to the HR community at large is a little bit of both.    The discussions we have inside the HR social media sphere are important and do influence a small portion of the dialogue for our field at large, which I believe is a good thing.   But I would be willing to bet my next paycheck that the majority of practitioners in human resources are blissfully unaware of the stirring controversies we generate.

Fortunately there is no way to accurately measure that assertion, so I should be able to make my mortgage payment next month!

They just aren’t pertinent to many people.  Lots of issues on the Internet are like that in the real world.

The echo chamber is a seductive mistress.

Do you know anyone who doesn;t like to have people pay attention to what they have to say?  Even introverts enjoy knowing that people are paying attention to their important ideas.  And there is no better place for that to occur than inside the self-perpetuating environment of the Internet echo chamber.

When you speak pre-dominantly to those  to those who want to hear your message or agree with you, it is easy to believe that your message has influence and is reaching out to a broad audience.   It is easy to become involved in dialogues that reinforce your ideas and create a feeling of importance that may not be totally accurate.

Break down the walls

This is why it is important to make sure you break out of the echo chamber from time to time.   I do this in a variety of ways.

  • I check my messages with other people, including soliciting input from people that are not part of my social media network.  This provides a different point of view, and helps to keep me honest.
  • I engage in dialogue with people who state a position that is obviously different than my own. I do this in order to understand their thought process, concerns and motivations.
  • I read material from a lot of different sources, including many that hold views contrary to my own.

Reader comments are hugely important

Dialogue within your social media community is also important.  Knowing what people think about what I write about is helpful in so many ways.  It generates a conversation. It stimulates additional ideas for further writing.  It helps me to know my audience and my friends better.

This site gets visitors from all over the world, but not nearly as many comments as I would hope.   In the few months, people have visited Human Race Horses from numerous countries, including:

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The United States

5,608

82.4% +668%
The United Kingdom

222

3.3% +144%
Canada

209

3.1% +621%
India

119

1.7% +417%
Australia

70

1% +367%
Indonesia

54

0.8% +980%
Estonia

47

0.7% 0%
Germany

40

0.6% +208%
Belgium

30

0.4% +275%
The Philippines

29

0.4% +999%
France

28

0.4% +999%
New Zealand

24

0.4% 0%
The Netherlands

17

0.2% +89%
Hong Kong

16

0.2% +433%
Spain

14

0.2% 0%
Singapore

14

0.2% +100%
Russian Federation

13

0.2% 0%
South Africa

13

0.2% +999%
Sweden

13

0.2% 0%
Poland

13

0.2% 0%
Pakistan

12

0.2% +999%
Malaysia

12

0.2% +500%
Switzerland

11

0.2% +999%
Portugal

11

0.2% +999%
Italy

10

0.1% 0%
China

9

0.1% +800%
The United Arab Emirates

8

0.1% +700%
Ukraine

8

0.1% 0%
Norway

7

0.1% +600%
Romania

7

0.1% +600%
Denmark

7

0.1% +600%
Mexico

6

0.1% 0%
Finland

6

0.1% +200%
Hungary

6

0.1% +500%
Austria

5

0.1% 0%
Israel

5

0.1% +150%
Thailand

5

0.1% 0%
Brazil

5

0.1% 0%
Argentina

4

0.1% 0%
Greece

4

0.1% 0%
Republic Of Korea

4

0.1% 0%
Costa Rica

3

0% 0%
Bahrain

3

0% 0%
Slovenia

3

0% 0%
Japan

3

0% 0%
Czech Republic

2

0% 0%
Egypt

2

0% 0%
Austria

5

0.1% 0%
Israel

5

0.1% +150%
Thailand

5

0.1% 0%
Brazil

5

0.1% 0%
Argentina

4

0.1% 0%
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Jobs are a love-hate relationship

I HATE MY JOB
Image by mikecolvin82 via Flickr

People like to complain about Work

As many of you know, I switched the URL site for this blog from here last August.  I imported all the posts and everything, but I never took down the old site.  I still average about 10 -15 hits a day to that site, driven primarily by search traffic, or the occassional misuse of the old URL hat I can’t seem to correct like here.   I decided it would be fun to take a look at what people were finding there.  The most searched terms are “I hate my job“, glassdoor, and jobvent.  Go figure!

This was also earlier this year when I posted on job complaint sites over on the old site in the post below:

Jobs: You can’t live with them

But can we survive without them?
One of the most popular searches by readers of Human Race Horses is job rating sites like JobVent or GlassDoor. There are other such as Telonu, RateMyEmployer (specializing in Canadian companies), LookBeforeYou Leap, and even Vault (click on Companies). So if you hate your job, check out these sites.

How I got my Job

On the other hand, if you love your job, or just want to hear success stories from people who landed jobs they love, you might want to listen to the podcast called How I Got My Job. This podcast presents job-hunting success stories in an interview format. The program runs about 20 minutes and comes out weekly. It is created by Daniel Johnston Jr.

Dan describes the podcast as being “like Inside the Actor’s Studio, but for job searching instead of acting.”

Love your job or hate it, they tend to comprise a large portion of our lives and our self-identity. We like to talk about them, bitch about them, and generally obsess about them.

Here are the employers that people are currently loving and hating on JobVent.  (May 27, 2009)
I Love My Job

  1. Teavana
  2. PayChex
  3. Presidio Networked Solutions
  4. Armani Exchange
  5. L & L Products
  6. inkstop
  7. Boeing
  8. MetLife
  9. Asurion
  10. ACR Homes
  1. Digital Juice
  2. Journal Register Company (JRC)
  3. Boston Scientific
  4. Staffing Plus
  5. Olan Mills
  6. IQPC
  7. Zep Manufacturing
  8. Quest Diagnostics, Inc.
  9. Toys “R” Us
  10. Meijer

Glassdoor Top 50 Best Places to Work for 2010

And bringing us back  around to year end 2009,  here is the Glassdoor Top 50 employers list of 2010

Note: All ratings are as of December 1, 2009

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