A great story, and very relevant for many Americans who are or will be working past the traditional age of retirement. Virtually none of us will know what it’s truly like to be treated as other than our current race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. But we will all hopefully know what it’s like to be treated as an “older” person.Tom glasscock
Fixing Pipes to People: A Guide to Hiring a Sixty-Eight-Year-Old
by Louis M. Profeta MD on LinkedIn
Emergency Physician, author, public speaker, but mostly a father and a husband
My close friend Jay has weaved his way through a variety of careers, from bailiff to ticket scalper (or ticket broker, as he calls it). He’s gone from a reality TV star (on the show Average Joe) to an actor in two movies, including one starring Bon Jovi (I never saw it). He moved from casino host to Indiana Pacers account manager—and a few titles in between—until landing his current position as the general manager of the Markland Mall in Kokomo, Indiana. We sat outside of Blend Cigar and smoked a La Palina and—for the first time in more than two decades of friendship—I could tell . . . he absolutely loved his new gig.
“I’m doing shit I never would have imagined. I even climbed up on the roof of the mall to check it out and to learn about what needed fixing, and stuff like that.” He grinned as he looked down and patted the generously round stomach of someone who should never be on a ladder. “I have never enjoyed a job more. The people are great. I seriously am learning something new every day. And you know me, I’m all about everyone doing a good job while having fun, enjoying their work. None of that back-stabbing stuff. I mean, I know what it’s like when you have a good idea and your boss doesn’t give a damn. I’m not like that. I tell them: ‘Listen, if you have a good idea, come to me and if it doesn’t cost us much or if it saves us money, we are going to do it.’ I think they like that.” He pulled on his cigar and knocked the ashes off.
You and/or someone you know might be interested in completing this short survey. I just spoke with Mike Ulrich, the lead researcher the other day, I consider this a very worthwhile effort. Your insights would be valuable and welcome.Tom glasscock
Research Launch: What do HR Analytics Career Paths look like?
by Mike Ulrich on HR Analytics Thinktank
Assistant Professor of Management, Utah State University
While firms have been running forms of people and HR analytics for many years, the various roles within these functions are evolving. Being a younger subset within the HR community, HR analytics professionals often face challenging and uncertain career paths within and after their time within the function. In addition to the normal ambiguity HR professionals experience, HR analytics professionals face the added complication of developing analytical and technical expertise in a field that often lacks, misunderstands, or can’t utilize such skills.
Part of the HR Analytics ThinkTank’s mission is to provide free evidence and insights to HR analytics professionals so that they can make better decisions about their careers. As part of this, we are launching a study to better understand the career paths and skills associated with people and HR analytics.
This study will explore the following questions:
- What prepares someone for a job as an HR analytics professional?
- What are the job and developmental opportunities within HR analytics?
- What are the career prospects for the HR analytics professional ready for something new?
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always gotten.”Jessie Porter