Job-Work Quality and the Great Resignation

Job-Work Quality and the Great Resignation

Job “quits” hit another record high in November 2021 of 4.5 million – 3% of total employment. In just one month. Of course this reflects people changing jobs since most still need to earn a living. A high quits rate is generally thought to reflect high worker confidence in economic conditions and opportunities. This Great Resignation tsunami may also reflect serious worker job quality dissatisfaction. But what is “job quality” in practice? Today.

Herd Behaviour and the Madness of Crowds

Herd Behaviour and the Madness of Crowds

A crowd is not an assemblage of individuals but instead a different organism, with its own particular characteristics and behavior. It usually has a strong leader. A herd does not need a leader but simply a situation that encourages behavior as a group. Crowds can create and change civilizations. They can also drive destructions of enormous magnitude. Do crowds dominate our world today?

Can Whatever-Is-Wrong-Today Be Fixed? Like Population?

Can Whatever-Is-Wrong-Today Be Fixed? Like Population?

You may have wondered why, despite so many smart and powerful people around almost everywhere, and having all the advantages of artificial intelligence, things seem so messed up today. And steadily getting worse rather than better. COVID certainly didn’t help things but what if it just accelerated greatly a longer underlying trend toward collapse or catastrophe? Or just maybe, pushed the world along more quickly toward a lasting fix?

Inflation Is Unavoidable, Necessary — and Very Dangerous

Inflation Is Unavoidable, Necessary — and Very Dangerous

Inflation has become a huge concern lately. As defined both by products price increases and by money supply increases, inflation has jumped noticeably after many years of relative stability. Is this just yet another blip in our COVID-scrambled world, or something much worse? Why do we have inflation? What turns it into a potential monster? Pretty important questions today.

Is The “Great Reset” Being Reset — Maybe Even Greatly?

Is The “Great Reset” Being Reset — Maybe Even Greatly?

One of the realities of a large complex world is that actions, even the most well-intentioned ones, can have huge unintended and unforeseen consequences. The world works the way it wants, not the way we might hope or plan. The Great Reset may have many noble aims but it is beginning to appear that the world has other ideas. What does this mean for us folks who don’t run the world?

Are You Self-Employable? Entrepreneur Material?

Are You Self-Employable? Entrepreneur Material?

Would you hire yourself as an independent contractor? Or, would you fund your entrepreneurial business idea? How would you go about assessing either of these in a person like yourself? If you are among the millions today seriously considering such a life-changing step, you really need to honestly rate yourself on what it takes to make the jump and succeed.

The Great Resignation Tsunami Is Upon Us

The Great Resignation Tsunami Is Upon Us

Over 4 million workers are presently quitting their jobs each month – 50 million a year at this rate. This is not close to normal. It is a tsunami. COVID seems to have initiated this massive trend but it is continuing even as COVID and its kin begin to fade as concerns. Something far more fundamental is happening to the workforce.

Designing Remote Work: Job Definition, Productivity, and Accountability

Designing Remote Work: Job Definition, Productivity, and Accountability

Remote work is here to stay. Now mainstream and growing. But most managers have no real idea about how to manage partially- or fully-remote workers effectively because they have never done it. You can’t manage remotes using practices designed for in-office workers. Even harder is managing a hybrid workforce. We look here at the differences and options.

Managing Remote Workers Effectively Is Very Different

Managing Remote Workers Effectively Is Very Different

Covid has changed the practice of managing hugely and permanently. The new “hybrid workers” – partially- or fully-remote, and often time-flexible – cannot be managed effectively using past practices. Most simply don’t work any longer. What does work is still being developed or evolved. Managers appear to be well behind in this transition. We look here at some useful ideas for the new world.

Is Inflation Real? If So, Is This Good or Bad?

Is Inflation Real? If So, Is This Good or Bad?

Is inflation real? Yup. Is this good or bad? Depends on who you are. Good if your income is growing faster than prices, or you can keep ahead of the game by borrowing. Bad if your income growth lags price growth and you can’t borrow enough to make up the difference. Is that all I need to know about inflation? Nope.