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Civilian workers who received furlough notices last week when the government shutdown began returned to work Oct. 7 at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton.

Over the weekend, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that under an interpretation of the Pay Our Military Act (POMA) that was passed last week, the Department of Defense was authorized to call back nearly all of its approximately 350,000 furloughed civilian employees. They have been off the job since Oct. 1, when the government shutdown began because Congress has not passed a federal budget nor a continuing resolution to fund government operations.

Hagel said in a statement that the Pentagon could end furloughs “for employees whose responsibilities contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members.” read more »


Mark Schaefer, manager of Hop Jack's restaurant in Silverdale, receives an Outstanding Employer Award from Heidi Scheibner, program manager with the Kitsap office of Trillium Employment Services, at the Community Employment Alliance fall conference in Bremerton on Oct. 2. (Photo courtesy Trillium Employment Services)The Community Employment Alliance held its fall conference at the Kitsap Conference Center in Bremerton, and the event included an awards luncheon Oct. 2 to recognize employers who participate in supported employment of people with disabilities.

The event was held to highlight National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October.

Several Kitsap companies received an Outstanding Employer Award, presented by the Community Employment Alliance and the Association of Washington Business Institute. read more »

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Is gossip wreaking havoc in your workplace? Or, have you found that gossip is an information channel and morale builder your team utilizes?

What is gossip? One dictionary defines it as “information about the behavior and personal lives of other people.” And while we’re talking about gossip, we probably want to include rumors as well. Rumors are defined as “information or a story that is passed from person to person but has not been proven to be true.” Seems that at times they’re basically one and the same.

Why does gossip take hold and run rampant in an organization? We can start with the fact that we are social creatures with curious minds. We are a society built on information and we like to be “in the know.” And, as they say, “knowledge is power.” So employees may gossip or spread rumors when information itself is not out in the open or shared in abundance. read more »

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The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton announced plans to hire more than 1,000 helper trainees.Big jobs require a big workforce, and the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility is getting some much-needed help.

“We have so much work coming up on us over the next several years,” spokesperson Mary Ann Mascianica said.

A hiring freeze imposed in January due to federal budget cuts made it tougher to maintain the staffing levels needed to keep up with the Bremerton shipyard’s workload. read more »


The Port of Bremerton commissioners are seeking a Chief Executive Officer to replace retiring CEO Tim Thomson. Port Commission president Larry Stokes said they will look industrywide to find the right person for this position.

The Port Commission is establishing a selection process that provides an opportunity for candidates to have equal access to be selected as a finalist and for the commission to have a final group of applicants with outstanding qualifications.

The commission plans to fill the CEO position effective Dec. 1, for a one-month orientation period with Thomson prior to assuming full responsibilities on Jan. 1 when he retires. read more »


OLYMPIA — Washington’s WorkSource system is offering a series of employment events this week geared toward older workers in recognition of National Employ Older Workers Week, which is Sept. 23-27.

The events are posted on the WorkSource calendar on go2worksource.com and can be searched for by WorkSource office or region. Events include résumés and interviewing workshops, job clubs, hiring events and more.

“Job hunting is a skill and many older workers aren’t up to speed on the latest job-search techniques,” said Dale Peinecke, commissioner for the Employment Security Department. “WorkSource offers a friendly atmosphere where older workers can come learn about résumés, interviewing, networking, training opportunities and other tips to land a job.” read more »

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“They whisper about me behind my back and stop talking when I enter the room. They say mean things about me and they don’t include me in their social activities. They have their little clique and they leave me out because I’m not part of it!”

Sound like something you’d hear from your kid over dinner about their school day? Or did you, as we did, just have this conversation with one of your employees? Cliques don’t just happen in high school. The mean girls have graduated and now they may very well be working in your business! What impact do cliques have on our businesses and what, if anything, should we do about it?

A recent CareerBuilder survey revealed that 43 percent of workers complained of cliques in their workplace. With so many businesses affected by cliques, it’s worth it to review the positive and negative aspects of cliques and how to manage them in your business. read more »

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Alice David, a jewelry maker who is a member of the OfficeXpats co-working community, makes preparations for a "steam punk" party the group did recently as part of an after-hours gathering.When Tobias Eigen returned to Bainbridge Island after two years in Germany, the IT strategy consultant started working from home. But he felt isolated since he had a virtual team — plus, at home, he had distractions like chores.

These days, Eigen works alongside plenty of co-workers, except they are all independent agents like him, each working for a different business. He spends five days in an office without having an office, thanks to co-working. Four days a week, he can be found at OfficeXpats on Bainbridge Island, either busy on his laptop or mingling with his “co-workers.” He also spends one day a week at the HUB in Seattle, another co-working location.

“My biggest fascination with it is the synergies read more »


LOS ANGELES — For an overwhelming majority of Americans, the job interview is a stressful ordeal as 9 in 10 employed adults said they fear something about the experience, according to data released in the 2013 Job Interview Anxiety Survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Everest College.

The telephone survey of 1,002 employed adults found that 92 percent of Americans are stressed by at least one thing about the job interview process. The biggest fear was the having the jitters, as 17 percent of Americans stated being too nervous as their top concern, followed by being overqualified for the job (15 percent), being stumped by the employer’s questions (15 percent), being late for the interview (14 percent), being under qualified (11 percent) and not being prepared (10 percent). read more »

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