Workforce

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Articles from Vol. 76, No. 1, January

25 Visionaries Who Shaped Today's Workplace
A tribute to quality, innovation and courage in the 2 century. Over the last 75 years, the workplace has changed more than anyone could have ever imagined. The clicking and clacking of mechanical adding machines and typewriters has been silenced by the...
AMEX
The American Stock Exchange (AMEX) began more than 100 years ago. It was known for years as the Curb Exchange. The name was inspired by the brokers and traders who practiced their trade literally in the streets of New York. In 1921, the Curb Exchange...
Cirque Du Soleil
In the early eighties, a group of young street performers pooled their talent and dreams and founded the "Club des Talons Hauts" or "High-Heels Club," aptly named because most of them were stiltwalkers. The Club also featured fire eaters, jugglers and...
Cornell University
Ezra Cornell, an adventurous businessman, and Andrew Dickson White, a respected scholar, shared the bold dream of founding a "truly great university." Together they created a nonsectarian university that was the first in the eastern United States to...
Ethical Dilemmas-Then and Now
In today's complicated world, ethical decisions aren't always black or white; options often fall into gray areas. Here's a look at some of the dilemmas personnel directors pondered in the last 75 years, excerpted from the pages of WORKFORCE, previously...
FBI
It is the mission of the FBI to uphold the law through the investigation of violations of federal criminal law; to protect the United States from foreign intelligence and terrorist activities; to provide leadership and law enforcement assistance to federal,...
Florida Aquarium
This three-level, 152,000square-foot Aquarium tells Florida's unique water story as it follows a drop of water from its underground source to the open sea. Along the way, visitors discover more than 5,300 plants and animals representing more than 600...
Graceland
Graceland, Elvis Presley's home and refuge for 20 years, is today one of the most visited homes in America, attracting more than 700,000 visitors annually. It's also the most famous home in America, after the White House. In 1991, Graceland Mansion was...
How HR Has Weathered the Changing Legal Climate
A look at the past 75 years of workplace legalities-where we've been and where we're going. Seems like the good old days weren't always such good old days. Back in 1922, workplaces were run like mini-despotisms. Subject to the whims of employers, workers...
It's a Wonderful Corporation
On a cold day in January, a human resources executive can't shake the feeling of despair. Little does he know he's about to encounter something a little strangeand a little wonderful--hat will change his mind about his job, his profession and his mission...
It's OK to Focus on Heart and Soul
Here's HR's next visionary direction. Need an HR blueprint? Look no further. Some visionary human resources professionals are beginning to incorporate the best of past and present HR strategies to formulate a hearty new vision for HR. The idea: HR as...
Japanese Expert in Industrial Psychology Visits
ON FEBRUARY 28, DR. YoicHI Uyeno, director of the Institute of Industrial Psychology in Tokyo, was the guest of the Division of Applied Psychology at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. Dr. Uyeno kindly prepared the following account of the present...
Letters
Over the years at WORKFORCE, we've published some very important articles addressing the human resources community's issues and concerns. And we've gotten a healthy dose of praise in return. Here are some of our favorite letters we've received in the...
Mount Rushmore
Best known for the striking images of the faces of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, Mount Rushmore is a national memorial park located in Keystone, South Dakota. Visitors come to enjoy the full impact...
NASA
In 1915, when aviation was still in its infancy, Congress created an organization that would supervise the scientific study of flight. That organization evolved into NASA four decades later when Congress formed a civilian agency to continue the work....
No One Way to Build HR
Two 75year-old companies reach HR excellence by way of different paths. When most of us think of the 1920s, we think of flappers and gangsters, tommy guns and bathtub gin. We envision the Beautiful People of F Scott Fitzgerald flitting about underground...
Take a Closer Look at Important Legislation
When the National Labor Relations Act, as amended (NLRA, TaftHartley Act), was enacted in 1935, legal compliance governing employment was fairly simple for the corporation, and remained so even when the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was enacted in...
Thank You, Mr. Bell
One can hardly imagine life or work without the telephone. A century ago, only two at a time could talk. Now, HR can recruit, access data and post messages to millions all because of one humble teacher's invention in 1876. While returning home from P...
The Benefits of Shorter Work Days
A CONVINCING STATEMENT of the benefits to be derived from the shift from a twelveto an eight-hour day is made in a recent report of a national investigation of the problem, carried on under the auspices of the Federated American Engineering Societies....
Universal Studios
For more than 30 years, Universal Studios Hollywood has been giving guided tours on its 415-acre back lot. As many as 35,000 people tour a day. Besides the back-lot tour, attractions include shows, amusement park-style rides, and numerous shops and restaurants....
Update on the War against Child Labor
The December issue of The American Child, the organ of the National Child Labor Committee, gives the following resume of the year 1922 and plans for 1923: The two outstanding events in the past year are the publication of the 1920 census child labor...
We've Seen the Future, and It Is You
It's more clear than ever that HR really is, at last, the most crucial business function of all. It all comes down to people, and you are the trustees of your corporate futures. Suddenly, HR really did seem to be the center of the universe. We were in...
What Would You Put in a Time Capsule?
Today's HR professionals are required to have a vast amount of knowledge on a wide array of topics. But who's to say these same issues will dominate the HR agenda in years to come? WORKFORCE asked several HR professionals: What items would record HR...