Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Good Looks, Marines, Genetics and Knowledge

On this Tidbit Tuesday, the first order of business is to plug my podcast today where we'll talk about how your physical appearance in the workplace impacts your success. If you think I’m talking about just women, forget it. We’ll also talk about how a man’s height (or lack thereof) affects his chances for raises and promotions. Author Gordon Patzer, who wrote “Looks: Why They Matter More Than You Ever Imagined,” will be my guest. One interesting note: Can you be too good looking to be successful?

Now, for a couple of other items:

Where did you get those blue eyes? There is a growing concern among employees that an employer’s access to genetic information about them may lead to discrimination in the workplace, according to Pepper Hamilton, a multi-practice law firm.
Although advances in genetic research have resulted in benefits such as helping to predict one’s predisposition to a disease – allowing people to take proactive steps to protect their health – these developments have also brought renewed attention to the implications of genetic testing for the workplace.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill, but the Senate has not yet voted on it. The act would protect people against discrimination based on their genetic information in health insurance and employment-related matters. In addition, 41 states have passed laws that protect individuals from genetic discrimination by insurance companies, and 32 states have enacted laws that protect individuals from genetic discrimination in the workplace.

A round of applause, please: The Wounded Marine Career Foundation program aims to help wounded and disabled Marines and Navy corpsmen land jobs in the film industry. Forbes has written about it, and how more than 8,000 returning wounded soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq face daunting challenges in findings jobs.
“The Wounded Marine Training Center for Careers in Media program consists of a specialized training center, where more than 30 film industry professionals will share their video and photojournalism expertise with participating wounded Marines,” says the Web site.

We're so not on the same page: From NewlyCorporate.com: "Knowledge is a curse because the more you know, the harder it is to talk to someone who doesn’t know the same things. Basically, someone afflicted with the curse of knowledge is someone who is unable to clearly communicate the topic on which they are an expert. They are so entrenched in their area of expertise that they can’t possibly imagine someone who doesn’t also know those things. The sender of the communication speaks at one level, and the receiver just isn’t ready for it. Victims of the curse tend to use long sentences full of jargon. The results can be dissastrous. Imagine giving your elevator speech to the CEO and having that CEO reply with a blank stare because you just went way over his head with details."



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