Karla's Musings

Onward and Upward

Today begins the transformation of this website. We are transforming from engineering and business professionals to fulltime unemployed workers. Insert confetti and balloon drop here!  Starting today all kinds of fun stuff will be added to this website!  First, my book “Iowa’s Devoted Daughter — The Story of Miss Harriet Louise Ankeny and Her American Family”… Read More Onward and Upward

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Iowa’s Devoted Daughter — the Story of Miss Harriet Louise Ankeny and Her American Family by Karla Wright

I will be at the Author Fair in Ankeny, Iowa on April 8th. Hope to convince bunches of people to read my book “Iowa’s Devoted Daughter”! I will be giving another fun and fact filled account of early Iowa at the Ankeny Area Historical Museum in June. If you like historical fiction, full of tragedies… Read More Iowa’s Devoted Daughter — the Story of Miss Harriet Louise Ankeny and Her American Family by Karla Wright

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In the Nick of Time

A federal judge issued a nationwide junction blocking the DOL’s rule requiring overtime pay for classified exempt (professional or salaried) employees. The judge said the DOL exceeded its authority and ignored Congress’s intent by raising the salary test to such a level that it supplants the duties test. Yes! Exactly! Thank You Judge.

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The Wage Gap

There is a persistent wage gap in America between what women and men earn.  There are two theories explaining the wage gap.  One is overt discrimination by employers.  The other is societal norms, mores and expectations that influence women’s choices.  Choices are type of work, working conditions, scheduling flexibility, proximity to home.  The “Mommy Factor”… Read More The Wage Gap

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Workplace Rudeness: notice it, report it, document it, measure it, penalize it, remove it!

Behavioral scientist, Christine Porath, has been researching incivility in the workplace and its costs for 20 years. She and other researchers find that everyday workplace impoliteness spreads like a virus. When people encounter rude behavior it makes them more likely to respond in kind (or unkind). It’s a vicious cycle. Porath also makes recommendations to… Read More Workplace Rudeness: notice it, report it, document it, measure it, penalize it, remove it!

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Workplace Immigration Laws and Stats

Employer arrests for hiring unauthorized workers are substantially down, dropping from 179 charges against employers in 2013 to 27 charges in 2015.  The Obama administration’s near discontinuation of worksite enforcement means that employers now face little risk in hiring illegal workers.  An estimated 8 million unauthorized workers are in the U.S. labor force.  Enforcement has… Read More Workplace Immigration Laws and Stats

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Support ENDA Now!

Dear Fellow Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives:I am a strong fiscal conservative and Republican.  It is time to pivot on social issues!  If we don’t, Republicans won’t survive and our fiscal priorities will be gone forever and maybe even our country. So, therefore, please PLEASE show leadership and pass ENDA! Today the Supreme Court said marriage is… Read More Support ENDA Now!

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Generosity at Work

The best bosses and leaders get results by generously giving credit where credit is due.  Jack Welch wrote about the “generosity gene” today in his LinkedIn blog.  Welch writes: “You’ve seen the generosity gene in action and maybe you’ve even been lucky enough to experience it – a boss who’s overjoyed when you nail an… Read More Generosity at Work