News briefs: Work violence, hiring the overqualified, state of unions & more
Workplace violence - In the aftermath of the Tucson shooting, a story in the New York Times reminds us of the lingering effects of violence on its victims: Tucson attack reawakens pain from Virginia Tech. Four years after the Virginia shooting, this article talks about the long and ongoing process of healing for one of the families who lost a loved on in the shooting.
In another follow-on to the Tuscon events, Evil HR Lady Suzanne Lucas makes a timely and excellent post about what a company can do with a dangerous employee? She offers guidance for what managers need to do if they face an employee that scares them.
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The case for hiring the overqualified - in Human Resource Executive, Katie Kuehner-Hebert talks about why conventional wisdom about hiring overqualified candidates may be wrong. Employers generally shy away from overqualified candidates, thinking they will jump ship at the first opportunity, but according to a recent study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, this is not necessarily the case. The study was based on analysis of the labor-force behavior of more than 5,000 U.S. adults over a 25-year period. "The authors found that, in positions with low cognitive demands, such as garbage collectors or car washers, employees with higher cognitive ability were less likely than others to voluntarily leave." The authors suggest that in evaluating overqualified candidates, employers should dig deeper. Candidates may want to trade in for a lifestyle or health issue, or because they have a particular interest in the company's mission or values.
State of the Unions - Jeffrey Hirsch gives us the latest report on union density for 2010: "Overall union density went down from 12.3% to 11.9%; in the private sector, union density went down from 7.2% to 6.9%, and in the public sector, it went from 37.4% to 36.2%." See more at his post on Workplace Prof Blog. To delve beneath the numbers and take a look at the current status and views of labor, see State of the Unions, authored by James Surowiecki in The New Yorker.
More on the NLRB Facebook case - the Social Media Employment Law Blog weighs in on the NLRB Facebook complaint: Following The NLRB On Facebook Firings.
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