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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson Dies

This is an absolute surprise. The global icon I grew up listen to passed away at age 50. He suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon at his home in Los Angeles, California.

Despite his eccentricities, his contributions in music, choreography, and his humanitarian outreach will not be forgotten.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Facing the Job Market


Facing the Job Market
Originally uploaded by GCAUSTIN

When is the economy going to get better? Usually around this time, if you are like me, combing the help wanted ads are a must during a Sunday morning. However, the job classified have been a joke.

One column for Professional? What's the deal? Where are the jobs?

Job searching use to be fun. The job classified were filled with help wanted ads. Submitting applications became the norm. A call or two was thrilling. An interview was unbelievable. An offer was amazing.

Let us rewind nine years. I was about 24 years old. I had barely met my wife. I was about to finish graduate school. The ads were filled with promising positions. The job market was hot. Employers were offering good salaries. The ultimate decision came down to the employee to determine whether a job in DC outweighted a job in Austin.

Fastforward nine years. After being married for over five years, with a graduate degree, the ads are slim to nothing. The job market is cold. Employers are wanting to weather the storm and hold off on hiring. If a position is offered, expect a lower-than-expected salary. Now the decision lays on the employer and the company as to whether adding an addition person will make or break the company.

In a previous blog (HERE), I discussed a recent cartoon editorial of baby boomers. In it I argued that baby boomers should begin to train their subbordinates in order for a smooth transition for the organization. Shy of asking baby boomers to retire, because of the recognition of their contribution to the organization.

Honestly, if we were to step back and view this situation on a macro-perspective, we would see a society of an older professional group. However, a vested career in an organization should have a limit; shouldn't it?

The average employee with tenure in an organization may have the equivalent productivity of a middle-management (mid-level) employee. The difference? The employee with the tenure's salary is probably twice of that of a mid-level employee.

Again, terminating our senior level employees may not be the answer. However, it should be a practice within an organization to train and prepare mid-level employees for the possible challenges they may face if they indeed decide to retire and leave an agency.


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Baby Boomers and the Economy


Baby Boomers and the Economy
Originally uploaded by GCAUSTIN
This editorial cartoon by David Fitzsimmons seems to be getting a lot of visits lately. Could it be because his message is a strong one?

Let's look at this in a macro-sense. The U.S. economy is struggling. Our new graduates are going into the workforce competing fiercely against one another for low paying entry positions.

The babyboomers, my parents, who have been in the workforce are deciding to stay working and not retire--although, many are over eligible to retire. Probably they are avoiding retirement because of the economy. However, this is placing a burden on our young generation.

Those of us in middle-management positions are unable to advance, preventing others from move up the ladder, and eventually limiting openings to new employees. Put aside the office politics, this is causing stress in the job market.

Should we ask our babyboomers to retire? I wouldn't. There is a reason companies, agencies, and businesses succeed. It is because of the establishments--those individuals who have dedicated years of their lives to the profession. The foundation of a corporation is in those individuals who have been the seeds of the organization since its inception.

On the other hand, babyboomers should realize that retirement is inevitable. Passing that baton of knowledge to the next generation can help a company's legacy continue onward to success.