Dear J.T. & Dale: I hate visiting my hometown, because everyone asks me about my job search. I’ve been out of work for a year. I can tell that the in-laws are convinced I’m lazy and just don’t want to work, but I really am trying. Ideas? — Jason
J.T.: It’s that time again, when we pull together our best advice from the past year.
Dear J.T. & Dale: What can a former manager or employer disclose? If I were a hiring manager in the HR department, I’d want to talk to the prospective employee’s manager. I have interviewed, and after a very successful interview, the company simply stops all communication. So whatever oc…
Dear J.T. & Dale: I was employed as a route driver by the same company for 15 years. I was terminated after I tested positive for marijuana. I know I made a mistake. Since then, I have been on three interviews that sounded very promising, until they contacted my previous employer. How do…
Q: I am appalled by the "pay for performance" system recently implemented by my company, which has more than 10,000 employees. Forced rankings are used to assign performance review scores, so 60 percent of the staff must now be rated as "meets expectations." Only 10 percent are allowed to re…
WASHINGTON - With union membership on the decline, labor leaders are getting more creative - and some say more desperate - to boost sagging numbers and rebuild their waning clout.
Q: Shortly after joining this company, I became aware of numerous issues related to discrimination and harassment. As a human-resources professional, I felt obligated to make management aware of these problems, so I reported them to my boss, who is the director of HR, and to several departme…
Q: I recently applied for a position in another department without telling my boss. The job description sounded interesting but lacked important details, including work hours. I figured, however, that I could ask those questions during the interview.
A UA engineering administrator is retiring to devote his full energy to a nonprofit organization his family started to help victims of sex trafficking in India get jobs.
Hitchcock joins RDO Equipment
Insurance broker John Foxworthy formed TucsonInsurance.com, an independent insurance agency offering health, auto, home, life and business insurance. Foxworthy is the agency principal and joins forces with Pacific International Insurance and agency principal Ned Ingram to serv…
Cathy Strommen joined Granite Kitchen & Bath as in-house designer. She will assist customers with granite and quartz slab countertop selections.
Bill Hitchcock joined RDO Equipment Co. as manager of the company's Tucson store at 5051 S. Outlet Center Drive.
Hitchcock has nearly 25 years of dealership experience, including 20 years in several management roles at Caterpillar dealers across the Northeast.
Most recently, H…
Q: For a long time, one of my co-workers was very rude and snippy to me. Our new manager recently decided that we should be separated, so she transferred both of us to other branches. My office is now located an hour from home, which is causing a lot of problems.
Rob Labby takes break from fixing a carburetor to warm his hands at Jay Bees Auto Service, 5070 E. 22nd St. Labby says the cold weather doesn't bother him too much, especially since he knows our usual warm days will be back soon.
A bundled-up Mike Turkington works on an engine at Jay Bees Auto Service. Workers in open spaces have been especially exposed to recent cold temperatures.
Q: I am constantly distracted by people chatting near my desk. My cubicle sits next to a hallway, so there is an endless stream of employees passing by all day. For some reason, this seems to be the place where they always stop to talk.
Q: My boss and I have very different opinions about the performance of two people who report to me. She refused to sign their annual appraisals until I lowered the ratings and added some negative comments. I delayed turning in the forms for four months until the human resources manager final…
Brandon Coats' case is giving employers pause. Coats is appealing his firing from Dish Network for using medical marijuana.