Rehiring boomerang employees
In a May 18 Inc. article, Professor of Management John Sullivan discussed the best practices and benefits to rehiring workers that were let go when the economy initially faltered. Sullivan said that often employees who were laid off gained new skill sets by working for competitors or gained new contacts in the working world. He also offered tips to employers looking to bring former workers back into the fold. "Tell them, 'times are tough. They're getting better. Would you consider coming back?' It's not an offer, it just plants the idea in their minds," Sullivan said.
Examining the state budget
In a May 17 story on KTVU, Assistant Professor of Political Science Graeme Boushey dissected each of the gubernatorial candidates' approaches to eliminating California's $19 billion budget deficit. Republican candidate Meg Whitman has suggested laying off 30-40,000 state workers, while Republican challenger Steve Poizner has suggested a state hiring freeze. Democratic candidate Jerry Brown, who is not facing a primary opponent, has not offered specifics on his plan. "California has already cut spending -- 16 percent in the last two years. So when the Republican candidates say we need to do more with less... The one thing voters need to take a step back at and realize is that California is currently doing more with less," Boushey said.