Are you too old to work here?

The Retro Lounge Podcast Series

Original air date: JULY 1, 2010 – Jim and Karen banter about age discrimination and looking for work in a sucky economy. (Hey Google, is it true that you are over-the-hill when you hit 40? ) Plus, working as a contractor vs working as an employee, which is better? Ah! You think you know, but do you really? Tune in for a very interesting take on that question. 

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Sex and David Letterman

The Retro Lounge Podcast Series

Original air date: OCTOBER 16, 2009

HR Discusses David Letterman – In episode #132, Jim Stroud takes a break this episode and leaves the Lounge in the hands of Karen Mattonen (oboy!) and her guests: Joshua Letourneau, Karla Porter and Steve Markin. The topic is all about David Letterman’s workplace scandal. Tune in to hear all the juicy bits.

Recruiters and The Election

The Retro Lounge Podcast Series

Original post date: November 9, 2006

And this is the original description:

Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen discuss the election, lying on a resume may get you 10 years in prison, plus feedback on some listener feedback.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Show my sponsor some love? – Work Giant (0:33)
  • Karen is back in the lounge – Yay. (1:33)
  • Gotta love FonPods! I do… (1:55)
  • A listener vents 0n the feedback line (3:00)
  • They say, family first? But you have to eat (6:00)
  • Jim sings again and then apologizes (7:00)
  • Daddy of the year? (8:15)
  • Hate your boss? Good! I call that job security (10:00)
  • The haunting of bad performance reviews (10:48)
  • Smokin’ the good stuff (11:33)
  • Quick sec’ on reference checks (11:58)
  • Looking for a contract recruiter? I know some bodies. (12:42)
  • Did you vote? (12:52)
  • Karen waves and salutes the flag (13:02)
  • Karen’s paranoid? Or simply stating a fact? (13:45)
  • I only guessed that it was Diebold (14:36)
  • So… how easy is it to hack a voting machine? (16:08)
  • The rant on the voting machines continues (17:32)
  • Why is there controversy over this? All you have to do is… (17:56)
  • Now let’s relate this (somehow) to recruiting (19:36)
  • Do it like Digg! Or rather, like Recruiting.com (20:00)
  • Karen thinks it makes too much sense for companies to adopt (22:00)
  • Karen really liked my idea because of the community aspect. (23:33)
  • If I patent this idea, I would rip-off (a piece) from Market 10 (24:56)
  • Do recruiters really do this? Oh, noooo… of course not. (25: 40)
  • Nice topic, but let’s table that for now (27:00)
  • Karen hates the metric system (27:40)
  • The police chief is doing a great job, but he lied on his resume (28:33)
  • The debate ensues (30:00)
  • Recruiting.com RULES!! (30:33)
  • How many lies did Cheif McGuire have on his resume? (31:32)
  • In some states, lying on a resume is against the law. (32:28)
  • Recruiters could be held liable for this… (33:00)
  • Wow! Let me say that again!!! (33:18)
  • In California, its a misdemeanor to lie on a job description (34:05)(opens in a new tab)
  • So, this guy could face 10 years in prison?!!! (Over a resume?!) (35:50)
  • But people love that guy! (36:40)
  • Maybe HR is to blame (37:50)
  • I say Hail to the Cheif (38:57)
  • If he had not lied on his resume, would they have turned him a way? (39:50)
  • And that’s a wrap (45:05)

The Pros and Cons of the Employee Free Choice Act

The Retro Lounge Podcast Series

And this is the original description from FEBRUARY 24, 2009

Jim Stroud and Karen Mattonen lead a “heated” debate over the Employee Free Choice Act.  Listen in and find out that the more you learn about the EFCA, you either love it or you hate it. Listen in and see what side of the debate you are on. Special thanks to our guests Nancy Schiffer (Associate General Counsel, AFL-CIO)  and Steve Markin (former Union member with 20 years of legal experience). Oh yes! This one was a doozy.

In this episode:

(Timing is off due to updated edits)

00:32 – Remember that thing?
01:46 – TalentHook.com
01:56 – Name that tune
04:33 – 60 million US Workers said they would join a union right now
05:11 – Mostly what I did was help workers go through the legal process
09:00 – Its been endorsed by Congress and the Supreme Court
10:27 – Will we have the right to a secret ballot?
12:34 – Most workers never go back to that workplace
15:47 – Right now, sure the employer is abusive becuase the system is designed…
20:16 – I don’t think you put all unions in a box as good, and all employers in a box as bad
22:20 – I don’t think we need a union because I am going to treat you fairly anyway.
24:54 – What they really wanted from this employer was cooperative relationship
28:16 – I want to hire more people, but if I am made to do this I will go out of business
31:10 – This is my salary. If you don’t pay me, someone else will
32:13 – If you don’t perform, you’re gone!
32:42 – They’re charged with keeping the best interest of the shareholders
35:07 – I think it denies the reality that both sides (employer and employee) can be abusive
36:58 – That’s why most of the time the Act fails workers
38:08 – The Act to me brings a balance to a very lopsided…
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