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  • Apr11 2014

    5 Great fields for people with associates degrees

    Catherine Conlan quoted me in her recent article about careers in MonsterWorking.

    “The ‘best’ degrees are those that position people to address the dilemmas of the 21st century with both hands-on, solution-oriented skills and set the stage for continuing education and training,” says Steve Langerud, workplace consultant and principal of Steve Langerud & Associates. “Students who are willing to play futurist and tackle the issues of food supply and safety, energy issues, urbanization, health care, and education will thrive.”

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  • Mar14 2014

    New Pay Recommendations Will Increase Freelancers

    March 13, 2014, 12:29 p.m. EDT

    Will Obama’s overtime plan create more part-time jobs?

    Quentin Fottrell write in his recent MarketWatch piece,  ”Under current rules, many companies don’t have to pay overtime to salaried workers who make more than $455 per week (roughly $24,000 a year). The Obama administration is expected to direct the Labor Department to raise that threshold, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal Wednesday.”

    As I told Quentin,  “We will see companies working to bring this work in on a contract basis instead of a salaried basis” to avoid paying overtime, says Steve Langerud, workplace consultant and principal of Steve Langerud & Associates in Grinnell, Iowa.

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  • Dec16 2013

    How to Manage as a Young Boss

    Ritika Trikha writes in CareerBliss…
    Young people are zooming into higher positions pretty fast. “Thirty-four percent of U.S. workers say they are older than their bosses, and 15 percent say they work for someone who is at least 10 years younger,” according to a report by AOL jobs.
    “Remember, as the boss you may have the authority but not the power to get things done. Power comes from credibility. Credibility comes from performance. Performance takes time,” says Steve Langerud, workforce consultant, who has helped over 15,000 people.
    In order to perform and manage at a high level, listening is key.

  • Dec13 2013

    Millennials want to be the boss; boomers don’t

    Quentin Fottrell at MarketWatch writes, “Just 32% of men ages 49 to 67 and 21% of women in that age group say they want to eventually occupy the corner office versus, according to a new workplace survey of 2,000 adults by the Pew Research Center. By comparison, 70% of millennial men and 61% of millennial women — defined by the study as ages 18 to 32 — say they’d like to be boss. The members of Generation X — ages 33 to 48 — were somewhat more evenly split, with 58% of men and 41% of women saying they wanted the top job, the survey of more than 2,000 people found. “Boomers have been in the workforce long enough to see the downsides of being in charge,” says Steve Langerud, a workplace consultant based in Grinnell, Iowa.”

  • Dec03 2013

    Tips for Surviving Office Holiday Parties

    Robert McGarvey writes for MainSt, “An employee threw a co-worker into a lagoon.

    Another employee rode a Ferris wheel naked.

    Yet another was caught going through co-workers’ desks while the others were partying.

    Call those scenes from office holiday parties gone desperately wrong. And you better believe those incidents actually occurred, according to research assembled by staffing agency The Creative Group.

    Know this too: misbehavior at holiday parties destroys careers. Yes, ’tis the season, butthat does not mean there will be forgiveness for drunk, stupid, crude behavior, because rule one of office parties is not to forget this is still a professional gathering.”

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