Articles by Dave Johnson

Have we made peace with work-life balance?

By Dave Johnson

In the current issue of the Harvard Business Review the cover story details how senior-level executives, both men and women of course, deal with the work-life balance hassle. The takeaway: everyone struggles with it; there are options that depend on things like ambition, age, individual financial resources, and individual support networks.


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Squeezing every red cent ‘til it turns blue

By Dave Johnson

I was at a trade show last week where if I heard this mantra once, I heard it from different people ten times:  “We’re doing everything we can to take costs out of our business.” There were variations on the theme: “It’s all about cost reduction, baby.” “We’re helping our customers drain costs out of their system.”


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Do you overestimate your number of true believers?

By Dave Johnson
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Just finished reading a fascinating book, “The Men Who Lost America” (Yale University Press, 2013), by Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy, a history professor at the University of Virginia.


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Challenges & trends for 2014

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Building EHS bench strength and ensuring a steady supply of safety "talent" going forward is going to be challenge, given safety staff cutbacks, reliance on consultants and contractors, and not much interest among U.S. students in careers in safety. Expect to see more traditional safety work (Training, audits, accident investigations, recognition activities, communication services and goal-setting) being assumed by line workers.


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Goodbye to an OSHA champion, and his era of idealism

By Dave Johnson

Last week the Politico Playbook daily newsletter noted the coming retirement of Rep. George Miller (D-CA) by saying the 40-year veteran of Congress was one of the last of the Democratic “Watergate babies”… “part of a post-Vietnam 70s generation filled with moral certitude.”


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Stop picking on puny ole OSHA

By Dave Johnson

News item: Sen. Chuck Grassley has joined 42 other senators in requesting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to stop unlawful regulations on small family farms. “OSHA is overstepping its bounds here,” Grassley said.


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Do safety pros hate their bosses?

A Yahoo news story doesn’t paint a pretty picture
By Dave Johnson
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Whoa, you’re treading on thin, very politically incorrect ground here when one uses the word “hate.”


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Public posting is a scary thing

OSHA’s proposal will jangle some nerves
By Dave Johnson
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You know when OSHA makes an announcement that’s posted online by The Wall Street Journal within hours or minutes, something major has happened.


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Who’s keeping tabs on you? The U.S.’s culture of surveillance

By Dave Johnson
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More than 70% of major U.S. employers engage in some form of electronic monitoring of workers, tracking their email, Internet use and whereabouts with GPS devices, according to William Staples, a University of Kansas sociologist who has released the second edition of his book, “Everyday Surveillance.”


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A cultural divide over aid to Bangladesh factory victims

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On one side we have the Europeans. On the other, the United States. The different approaches the two are taking to provide aid to Bangladesh factory workers says a good bit about the cultural differences involved.


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