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Jim Thomason
Works at Life Care Services
Attended Texas A&M University
Lives in Nashville, Tennessee
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I Feel LIke I Owe It To Someone: A Blog Reboot
A dear friend of mine used to keep a cartoon taped to his office window. One dog was talking to another saying, "I used to blog, but then I just went back to howling at the moon."  In May of 2015 I posted on this site that I was taking a break from blogging...
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Taking a Break from Blogging
One day I looked up and I had only posted twice since April of 2014.  The reason is simple: it no longer feels safe.  The number of Trolls looking to make a huge deal of social media missteps has grown exponentially since I first began blogging.  The number...
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Clock Watching Must Die
I am coming up on my second anniversary working 100% virtual as a remote and travelling consultant.  Honestly I have never been more productive or effective than I am right now.  I also can't remember the last time I worried two seconds about whether or not...
I am coming up on my second anniversary working 100% virtual as a remote and travelling consultant.  Honestly I have never been more productive or effective than I am right now.  I also can't remember the last time I worried ...
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How to Construct Great Interview Questions
Interviews are possibly the most important thing a manager will do.  Hiring the right people, and keeping the wrong fit out, is one cornerstone of good performance for the whole team.  A poor contributor, or poor attitude, or both will drag down a whole tea...
Interviews are possibly the most important thing a manager will do.  Hiring the right people, and keeping the wrong fit out, is one cornerstone of good performance for the whole team.  A poor contributor, or poor attitude, or...
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Wait Just a Minute: the Affordable Care Act May Work
The withering criticism of the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") has led many to believe that it is a disaster, that it will never work, etc...  If you only watch conservative television or listen to conservative talk radio and politicians then you might be...
The withering criticism of the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") has led many to believe that it is a disaster, that it will never work, etc...  If you only watch conservative television or listen to conservative talk radio a...
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What Does It Really Mean to Be in a Right to Work State?
In a Right to Work state an employee's employment is at the will or whim of the employer unless there is a contract such as an individual Employment Agreement or a union Collective Bargaining Agreement.  That is technically correct, but widely misunderstood...
In a Right to Work state an employee's employment is at the will or whim of the employer unless there is a contract such as an individual Employment Agreement or a union Collective Bargaining Agreement.  That is technically c...
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Updated my headshot to replace the old one taken from back in the Thomas Nelson days. Time to put the last vestige of that part of my career to rest.
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DOL Issues Final Rule on FMLA and Same Sex/Common Law Couples
Since July of 2014 the Department of Labor has been soliciting public comments on proposed rule changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regarding same-sex and common-law marriages.  It recently announced that the Final Rules have been written and...
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Don't Elect COBRA! Buy Exchange Coverage
One of the little-talked-about benefits of the Affordable Care Act's Insurance Marketplace is that people who lose their health coverage during the year become eligible to sign-up.  The same COBRA qualifying events that make you eligible to elect COBRA also...
One of the little-talked-about benefits of the Affordable Care Act's Insurance Marketplace is that people who lose their health coverage during the year become eligible to sign-up.  The same COBRA qualifying events that make ...
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COBRA has always been expensive. 
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My Opinion: Plan Now to Discontinue Executive Benefits Next Renewal
Part of my first-year's learning in Senior Living has been discovering that some communities, even with small workforces, have special benefits for their management teams.  This will become problematic and potentially cause employers to pay penalties once t...
Part of my first-year's learning in Senior Living has been discovering that some communities, even with small workforces, have special benefits for their management teams.  This will become problematic and potentially cause e...
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What does it really mean to be in a Right to Work state? http://thebusinessofpeople.blogspot.com
In a Right to Work state an employee's employment is at the will or whim of the employer unless there is a contract such as an individual Employment Agreement or a union Collective Bargaining Agreement.  That is technically c...
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People so often say they are "working in a hostile work environment", but what does that really mean?  The answer might surprise you.
There is probably no more misused term or misunderstood concept in most workforces that "hostile environment".  For a whole generation of workers this term has become synonymous with harsh supervisors or rude co-workers. Lega...
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Husband, father and values-oriented Human Resources Professional
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Raised in rural Western Kentucky, living in Nashville, TN, former and once-again road warrior having worked extensively in Nashville, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, West Texas, Northern Mexico, Kentucky, Ohio and some assignments in Southern Ontario and Detroit. Married 30+ years with one grown daughter. Working in the Senior Living indusry after a dozen years in religious publishing, ten in Japanese auto and eight in big box retail.  Serious amateur guitarist.  Committed moderate-to-conservative Catholic.  Focused on teaching and mentoring in all phases of my life and giving back for the many blessings I've received.  I believe that there are no shortcuts to success in any endeavor and that being the first one in to work in the morning and the last to leave is still a relevant success strategy.
Education
  • Texas A&M University
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Butler County High School
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Human Resources Professional, Board Member for Soles 4 Souls.
Employment
  • Life Care Services
    Regional Director of Human Resources, 2012 - present
  • Thomas Nelson, Inc.
    Vice President of Human Resources and Support Services, 2001 - 2012
  • Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems
    Director of Compensation, Benefits and Risk Management, 1991 - 2001
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Store Manager, 1984 - 1991
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Nashville, Tennessee
Previously
Indianapolis, Indiana - Western Kentucky - East Texas
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What I Couldn't Say at Thomas Nelson
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Capex Recovery Will Fuel a Super Bull Market: Belski
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After 15 years of cutting costs, hoarding cash and lowering debt, it's go time for corporate America. That's the crux of a bullish investmen

Lost My Fear of Retirement
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This week Vonnie and I have been segregating and packing things for the apartment in Indianapolis. I now know where a lot of what I've made