The U.S. government's initiative to double exports during the next five years might boost the sector, but it will not necessarily create jobs, executives and economists said. Employers have ways to increase production without adding workers, they said, including increasing workers' productivity, expanding hours of part-time employees and fully using facilities.
Inefficient interviewing habits can cost employers valuable time, Judi Cogen writes. Among her tips for making the right choices for who to meet with: Develop well-written job descriptions before you even start looking at resumes and use phone interviews to narrow the number of people you must meet in person.
Many public-employee pension systems are underfunded -- Pennsylvania currently has more than $20 billion in unfunded liabilities -- partly because critics say lawmakers are playing politics. "[I]t's easy for a politician or a policymaker to give benefits right now, even retroactively, and then defer that cost up to 30 years," says Rick Dreyfuss, a Commonwealth Foundation senior fellow.
Human resources professionals shouldn't blindly accept the notion that social media is something to fear -- even if the advice comes from lawyers -- and should instead experience it for themselves, Lisa Rosendahl writes. "Be prepared to provide the leadership necessary to successfully address the social media questions facing your organization," she writes.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York City has inducted the "@" symbol into its design collection, a mark of prestige for the commonplace keyboard presence. According to a MoMA senior curator, the adaptation of @ "to resolve a functional issue (excessively long and convoluted programming language) brought on by a revolutionary technological innovation (the Internet) -- is by all means an act of design of extraordinary elegance and economy."