Nothing provides a warm, fuzzy feeling better than a business professional recommendation for capabilities and work performance.In the last part of the 20th Century, recommendations were normally provided via letterhead, and in many cases it was hard to pin down the ‘boss’ to get the recommendation or referral letter typed up, signed, and delivered.A manila file-folder with letters of references was a vital job search tool – the final ‘star’ piece in an interview conclusion.
First it was pensions and now it‘s health coverage! Are employees going to take it on the chin again?
Defined Benefit Pension Plans:
Years ago, Wall Street pressures forced many CFOs and HR professionals in public companies to switch from traditional defined benefit pension (“DB”) plans to 401(k) plans. Wall Street wanted to see companies cap their costs and liabilities and shift the investment risks, savings risks and longevity risks to their employees.
Let's play a game, shall we? It's called, Pick the Most Qualified Candidate!
For this game, we'll say the position is for a Buyer role (a senior level position) for a fashion retailer based out of its NYC corporate offices.
I studied Japanese for a few years. I had the opportunity to live in Japan and I have "negotiated' with them in many different ways since 1992.
I would like to share my 2 cents regarding my learning experience and observations over the years. I am going to divide my comments on 2 or maybe 3 contributions due to the length of the information to be shared.
“When a Japanese say yes, he means maybe; if he says maybe he means no; but if he says no he stops being Japanese” (Hisanori Isumura. President of the Japan House of Culture in Paris).