Category: Fred Foulkes

Staples purchase could mean store closings, employee cuts, experts say

Wicked Local Framingham quoting Fred Foulkes, Questrom School of Business “Upon news this week that Staples will be purchased for $6.9 billion by a private firm, local officials and business experts said it’s possible the company will slash expenses through store closings and potential employee layoffs…” Expert quote: “They can really do things that they […]

Billerica Fire sex scandal mirrors problem cultures in other departments

Lowell Sun Fred Foulkes, Questrom School of Business “It’s been the talk of the town for weeks: Three firefighters and a dispatcher in hot water for their alleged ‘sexual misconduct’ in the fire station.” Expert quote: “Some departments are all volunteer, but full-time firefighters can have long periods of free time and things can happen.” […]

Rise of the EQ Test

Human Resource Executive Online Fred Foulkes, School of Management, Human Resources Policy Institute Emotional intelligence assessments — tests that measure our ability to use emotions as information, and reason about those feelings — are becoming an increasingly common part of the hiring process… Expert quote: “If a company brings in someone at the senior level […]

Audit shows 55% of workforce at retirement age

Boston Herald 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 […]

Microsoft Scraps Curved Rating System for Worker Reviews

Bloomberg 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 […]