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No Child Left Behind, Food Insecurity and the Bicycle Museum: Tuesday’s show (February 24, 2015)

Posted on · Last month, the U.S. Department of Education rejected the Lone Star State’s new educator evaluation system. Texas must create an evaluation system that meets federal guidelines if the state wants to keep its No Child Left Behind waiver. Texas education officials have until March 31 to submit a new set of guidelines. Those proposed revisions […]

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How to Ace a Performance Review — Whether You’re a Boss or an Employee

Posted on · As we close in on the end of the calendar year, for some of us in the working world it’s time for performance reviews. You might be the subject of one, or you might perform one. We talk with Keith Wolf, Managing Director for the Houston-based staffing agency and recruiting firm Murray Resources, about what […]

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Performance Reviews, Job Burnout, and Robert Earl Keen: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Posted on · As we close in on the end of the calendar year, for some of us in the working world, it’s time for performance reviews. You may be the subject of one, or you may perform one. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Keith Wolf, Managing Director for the Houston-based staffing agency and […]

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What Does it Take to Make a Better Workplace Experience?

Posted on · What would make your day-to-day experience at work in Houston better? How could your employer be a better boss? How could you be a better employee? What would improve relationships with co-workers? Workload? Expectations? Responsibilities? How do we make the 9-to-5 daily work grind in Houston better? On this edition of Houston Matters, we consider […]

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Making a Happier Workplace and Theater District Open House: Houston Matters for Friday, August 22, 2014

Posted on · What would make your day-to-day experience at work in Houston better? How could your employer be a better boss? How could you be a better employee? What would improve relationships with co-workers? Workload? Expectations? Responsibilities? How do we make the 9-to-5 daily work grind in Houston better? On this edition of Houston Matters, we consider […]

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The Night Shift & Richard Linklater: Houston Matters for July 18, 2014

Posted on · When most of us think about our lives and times here in Houston, we're thinking about working or going to school during the day, then caring for, shuttling around, or – ideally –simply spending time with loved ones while we decompress in the evening. Then, we typically sleep through the night before we do it […]

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How Have You Changed Your Life to Deal with the Houston Commute?

Posted on · Hundreds of thousands of Houstonians drive in and out of the city each day. On a past Houston Matters, we explored how we might improve that daily commute experience. But say we can’t. Assume that in the coming years you’re still stuck in the same traffic at the same time most every day. How does […]

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What’s the Best Way to Help the Unemployed?

Posted on · As politicians in Washington continue to haggle over the restoration of long-term unemployment benefits, more than a million Americans have stopped receiving checks. On this edition of Houston Matters, we consider the challenge of determining how best to help long-term unemployed Houstonians and seek to understand what happens to someone out of work for a […]

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Wearable Art: Exhibit Chronicles Years of Intricate Junior Forum Skirts

Posted on · If you’ve ever Googled the phrase “volunteering in Houston,” you’ll find hundreds of organizations that you can connect with. One of the oldest though — and a solely female volunteer group — is the Houston Junior Forum. It’s been around for 67 years with a focus on helping kids and senior Houstonians — all while […]

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What Makes a Good Workplace? What makes a bad one?

Posted on · The Houston Chronicle recently published its annual report on the best places to work in Houston. 150 companies made the ‘Houston Chronicle Top Workplaces’ list based on employee surveys, where workers were asked to rate areas including company leadership, opportunities for advancement and their work/life balance. If you were asked to rate your workplace, what […]