Michael Moffa

Michael Moffa, writer for Recruiter.com, is a former editor and writer with China Daily News, Hong Kong edition and Editor-in-chief, Business Insight Japan Magazine, Tokyo; he has also been a columnist with one of Japan’s national newspapers, The Daily Yomiuri, and a university lecturer (critical thinking and philosophy).

Inside Recruiting February 17, 2015
Reshoring: Plenty of Reasons Why Manufacturing is Coming Home

What was once just a glimmer of hope on the manufacturing jobs horizon has, in recent years, begun to sparkle, as the "reshoring" of jobs back to the U.S. has gathered momentum. Now there is clear and growing evidence of a trend toward reversing the loss of manufacturing and its associated jobs through the previously relentless outsourcing of jobs to China, India and...

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Inside Recruiting February 14, 2015
Valentine's Day Cards and HR Best Screening Practices: an Unexpected Mathematical Equivalence

A Valentine's Day card appears on your desk, in your email inbox or in your home mail box.  What you may not realize is that what you experience from that point on is virtually identical with or equivalent to some of the key stages of recruitment screening. I intend to show that these recruitment stages, in turn, and the sending and receipt of a Valentine card, are governed by principles of...

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Inside Recruiting February 12, 2015
'Non-Cooperative': a Dangerous HR Buzzword?

Police, the military, private security services, and the latest, super-agile Google/Boston Dynamics spooky mini-tank-like robo-dogs have, as part of the specification of their present or future mandates and tasks, guidelines on how to deal with "non-cooperative" individuals or the capacity and potential (if not also the authorization) to do precisely that. It is reported that, in some...

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Training Your Replacement Who Got You Terminated: 'Terminator' Time-Travel Logic?

Being forced to train your job replacement who got you terminated can understandably make you, as the booted employee, feel as though you've been sucked into the vortex of the bizarre and paradoxical time-travel loop in the Arnold Schwarzenegger "Terminator" series. It would not be at all surprising if some of the furious and confused Southern California Edison IT workers recently forced to...

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Inside Recruiting February 9, 2015
The Use and Misuse of Your Unconscious Psychological Assessment Tools

Among the most important tools you bring to and use on your job are ones you may be unaware of having and using—especially when your job requires you to assess others, their skills and their tools. These unrecognized tools are "unconscious"—not in the way a carpenter's steel hammer is unconscious, but in the Freudian sense that even if you are fully or dimly aware of their existence, your...

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How to Trap a Workplace 'Black Knight' Who's Out to Get You

In my recent article, "When and Why the Good Guy Quits the Company First",  I described and analyzed the traps that workplace good-guy "White Knights" can fall into in the midst of a conflict with a malicious colleague or coworker. Those traps include ones set by the "Black Knight" adversary and those of the good guy's own making—the "good guy" being the much more ethical, reasonable,...

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Modern 'Subsistence Wages': Worse Than Marx and Engels Would Have Imagined?

When we hear talk about "subsistence wages", the first associations that are likely to come to mind are "exploitative" wages and practices in Victorian England mines and sweat shops of the sort Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels railed against a century and a half ago (despite reported huge gains in industrial worker income and living standards). Or maybe you imagine the wages of indigent migrant...

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The Horney Motion Model for Personnel and Personality Assessment

Besides being colorfully imaginative, the concept image on the left displays the essence of a well-known, easy-to-grasp, yet insightful psychoanalytic "motion" model of psychological relationships and interactions that has useful applications in both personal and personnel assessment. One figure is moving away from the other two, which, on one interpretation, are themselves moving toward or...

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When the Workplace 'Need for Speed' Has Nothing to Do With Saving Time

At times during the whirl of a work day, we've all felt the need to hurry, or that we are being rushed or that somehow we just want it all to go faster. The usual reasons are impatience; boredom; a time, resource, goal constraint and/or simply because "Time is money." But there are other reasons and causes—influences that can make the need for speed, even in the office, experienced much...

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When and Why the Good Guy Quits the Company First

Gathering company storm clouds churned up by a staff conflict are about to blow somebody away and out of the corporate picture. One of the two antagonists is a "good guy"—ethical, responsible, reasonable and pretty much blameless. The other is the start-up's Hound from Hell: deceitful, manipulative, dishonest, unreasonable and pretty much to blame for the mess he's trying to pin on the...

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'Ligrants': a Comparison of Expat Employees and Migrating Lions

I noticed the three employee expat types shortly after arriving in Japan for the very first time many years ago: These were the "leader", the "follower" and the "exile". Virtually every working expat I met seemed to fall or could be fitted into one of these three categories. Even more interesting than that tripartite classification was that the three categories were perfect...

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Workplace Implications and Impacts of Self-Laughter

People who laugh at their own stories, narratives. jokes (or, less commonly, their own actions) are derided and praised as often as they aren't the least bit funny, irrespective of whether they are laughing at themselves, at situations or events, at or with others, in the middle of an epiphany or seemingly without cause at all. What is less clear is whether the elements of the following...

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