Category: Fred Foulkes

Audit shows 55% of workforce at retirement age

March 11th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Fred Foulkes, Newsmakers, Peter Doeringer, School of Management 0 comments

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Peter Doeringer, College of Arts & Sciences
Fred Foulkes, School of Management

The state’s embattled welfare department — already under fire over massive EBT card fraud and abuse — is bracing for a possible mass exodus of retiring staffers, with some workers already handling caseloads as high as 1,500, a Herald review of a recent internal audit found…

Expert quote:

Doeringer:

“Hypothetically, if all the ‘retirement-eligible’ employees in the Department of Transition Assistance were to retire tomorrow, that would be a staffing disaster.”

Foulkes:

“It’s something that needs attention from the higher levels, because when the people do retire, it’s going to be really difficult to replace. So much knowledge goes out the door.”

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Microsoft Scraps Curved Rating System for Worker Reviews

November 13th, 2013 in 2013, Bloomberg, Fred Foulkes, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Fred Foulkes, School of Management

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is eliminating its long-standing practice of evaluating employees on a bell curve, seeking to foster more teamwork and collaboration as the company restructures to focus on devices and services…

Expert quote:

“GE and Jack Welch were leaders in this and Ford tried it, but it’s never really caught on and the nature of work is changing. You can’t just keep cutting the bottom 10 percent.”

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Is Unlimited Vacation Too Good To Be True?

August 22nd, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, Fred Foulkes, Newsmakers, School of Management, WBUR 0 comments

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Fred Foulkes, School of Management, Human Resources Policy Institute

Unlimited vacation policies are gaining traction among young technology firms…

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Board Takeaways for 2013

January 23rd, 2013 in 2013, Fred Foulkes, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Fred Foulkes, School of Management

As a CFO, you’re probably not a member of the company’s board…

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Economy inspiring more employees to stray

June 8th, 2012 in 2012, Boston Business Journal, Centers & Institutes in the News, Fred Foulkes, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Fred Foulkes, School of Management, Human Resources Policy Institute

The improving economy paired with long-percolating pent up demand among workers to find their next big job opportunities has loosened the floodgates at local companies, creating a churn of workers no longer afraid to leave their current posts…

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The Feminization of HR

March 1st, 2012 in 2012, Fred Foulkes, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

Human Resources Executive Online
Fred Foulkes, School of Management

When Susan Gunn embarked on a career in human resources at Montreal-based Joseph e. Seagram & Sons Inc. in 1992, she was surrounded by men…

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The Future Of The Workplace

February 27th, 2012 in 2012, Fred Foulkes, Newsmakers, School of Management, WGBH 0 comments

WGBH “Innovation Hub”
Fred Foulkes, School of Management

Today, we look at the changing workplace…

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