Friday, December 12, 2008

Happy Holidays VS. Merry Christmas

This week on At Work, Emory Mulling discusses how to navigate the politically correct office during the Holiday Season. As the American workplace diversifies, so too must the Holiday Cheer. However, some believe that political correctness has gone too far. Tune in and call Emory with your opinion on the matter. At Work With Emory Mulling airs today at 3PM, only on GPB.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Consumer Call In

The cost of natural gas is down … so why are consumers still paying those sky high home heating prices? We’ll tell you why and where to turn to if you need help to pay your heating bills. Plus, unemployment number are soaring. And, companies which promise a big paycheck to people who work from home have sprung up like mushrooms after a spring rain. Is it a promise too good to be true? And, weeding out bogus charities during this season of giving.

GPB’s Consumer Call-In with Valarie Edwards and guests Bobby Baker & Shawn Conroy comes your way Friday afternoon at 3PM, right here on GPB.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

All I want for Chirstmas is EMPLOYMENT

Most people consider the hectic hustle & bustle of the holiday season a terrible time to search for a job. However, with the proper strategy and execution that Holiday Spirit can be used to your advantage. Kate Lorenz of writes:
What better time to network than when people are in good spirits and socializing frequently? Go to parties and gatherings, especially those where you're likely to meet new people who could be sources of job leads. Make it a point to listen more than talk. Be positive and upbeat. While you won't want to hand out resumes or press for contacts or referrals, you will want to let people know you are looking and follow up with them after the party. Seek out all the other participants and network like crazy.

This week on At Work, Emory Mulling discusses the Holiday Season job market and stuffs your stockings with plenty of job search tidbits. Friday at 3:00PM on YOUR Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The PERFECT Resume

It is estimated that 25% of people lie or exaggerate on resumes. While these tall tales can help one to get hired, lying on a resume can be detrimental to a career resulting in termination and soured relations with an employer.

This week on At Work, Emory & Cheryl discuss the importance of resumes and how to best use them to your advantage. Learn the keywords that REALLY catch potential employers' attention
and other tips to draft your PERFECT resume. Tune in to At Work Friday at 3:00PM on your local GPB Radio station.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Consumer Call In

At Work with Emory Mulling takes a break this week for Consumer Call In with Edgar Treiguts. Bobby Baker from the Georgia Public Service Commssion and Shawn Conroy of the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs join Edgar in the studio to answer your calls. Tune in to Consumer Call-In today at 3:00PM on GPB Radio or online. Leave your questions here in the comments section, or call 1-866-723-4642 (Radio GA).

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

Whether its the "monster manager" or "ghoulish co-workers," we've all had our share of Horror Stories on the job. This week on At Work, Emory Mulling takes calls about Scary Job Stories. Tune in or call in with your own horror stories. At Work airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting Friday's at 3:00PM. Stream the show, and other GPB programming online HERE.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Diversity in the Workplace

This week on At Work, Brent Wilson joins Emory Mulling to discuss workplace diversity and EEO trends.

Celebrating Diversity in the workplace, makes employees feel appreciate for their uniqueness, but acknowledging similarities fosters a more cohesive workplace, forging common bonds amongst colleagues. Most of these connections come from interpersonal interaction. In order to strengthen those bonds, Susan Heathfield suggests:

Take a look at your coworkers or reporting staff with new eyes. Think about the factors that you share in common with them. You'll find:

  • You're all human beings with complex emotions, needs, interests, outlooks, viewpoints and dreams. Share something about yourself to create an environment in which your coworker wants to share information with you. Listen and don't pry. Polite and continuing interest in your coworkers contributes to workplace harmony.

  • You have family and other interests outside of work. Hear what your coworkers tell you about their personal lives. Remember the highlights to demonstrate respect and interest.

  • You have similar needs from work as demonstrated above in The Human Capital Edge. Acknowledge this and note the commonalities.
For more on diversity in the workplace, join us Friday at 3PM for At Work, only on GPB.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Are Layoffs Coming? Protect Yourself

Layoffs do indeed "Wreck Lives." Companies have been cutting back on employees to save money for quite a while, but the present state of the economy makes that even more of a reality. This week on At Work, Emory Mulling discusses strategies for making yourself "Fire Proof" in today's job market. Tune in at 3:00PM this Friday, only on GPB.

Layoffs affect employers just as much as employees, so the following links provide helpful info on how to avoid laying off employees all together:

Avoiding Layoffs in a Down Economy

A Creative Way to Avoid Layoffs

Celebrate Boss Day

October 16th is Boss's Day, so this week on At Work with Emory Mulling, we're celebrating great bosses. Call in, or leave a comment on the blog, about what your boss does to make working for them a pleasure. Tune in (or listen over the internet) today at 3:00PM only on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Your Source for engaging and informative talk radio.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Handling Conflict At Work

As with any other place of human interaction, conflict is bound to occur at work. Whether its as trivial as not replenishing the coffee pot or arriving late to work, these issues must be addressed before they snowball in to all out "Cubicle Clashes."

Most issues in the work place can be solved with lessons learned years ago in the sandbox such as, playing nice with others, or waiting your turn. has a few tips for working through office discrepencies:
  • If a conflict is between you and just one other person, try to work it out between the two of you, rather than bringing others into the conflict.

  • In a workplace, everyone deserves to be treated with respect. Treat others the way you want to be treated, and don’t put people down.

  • Give credit where credit is due; if someone has helped you on a project or proposal, make sure others are aware that the person deserves credit for helping.
For more from them, click here. Emory Mulling addresses these issues and more on At Work, this Friday at 3:00PM. Listen on GPB Radio, or on the internet here. Leave your questions for Emory in the comment section of this blog and he'll address them on air.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

At Work Internet Tip Of The

Employment Digest is an online resource filled with short, too the point daily articles about employment issues, workplace and career advice. These are quick reads that can give your career quest a daily quick start. You can search the site for articles by topic. Click here for a look at the site.
Join Emory Mulling and Cheryl Ayers Friday at 3pm for GPB's At Work when we take your calls about how you can resolve conflict on your job, whether with co-workers, your boss, or other dicey situations on the job. Avoiding conflict doesn't always resolve it. Join in with us for the discussion, live, Friday at 3pm on your local GPB Station.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

How's Your Campaign Going?

You may not have to deal with photo shopped pictures of yourself on the internet like Sarah Palin, but your own "brand" is just as important as any politicians. With social networks and blogs abound, an employer simply needs your name to potentially view all of your activity on line. This can be particularly dire for young professionals as they transition from student life to that of a working adult. Embarrassing photos or generally unsavory information will turn off an employer, no matter how well the interview went. The best solution for this problem is to avoid it altogether.

Individuals that are particularly web savvy can take this situation and make it an asset by creating a blog or some other online content the positively reflects them in the eyes of employers. For instance, an aspiring music critic might start a blog about popular music with album reviews and industry news. This approach can also work wonders for entrepreneurs. A photographer blogging about photos they have taken has potential exposure to millions of possible clients on line compared to paying for ad space and reaching only a few thousand pairs of eyes.

This week on At Work, Emory Mulling fields questions about how to go about developing positive PR for yourself in the job market. Tune in to GPB on Friday at 3PM. Leave your questions for Emory here in the comments section and he'll answer them live on air.

Monday, September 15, 2008

At Work Internet Tip of the Week:

Emory Mulling and Cheryl Ayers introduced our weekly At Work Internet tip of the week for job searches and career related issues with a short discussion about This site's look and utility is similar to Google, but with extensive links to sites about job trends, salaries, and forums for people looking for work and discussing workplace issues. We encourage you to pay them a visit to see if your job search can benefit. Let us know if you find something useful there by emailing us here.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Job Searching in a Down Economy

The politicians may be afraid to use the "R-word", but we all know the economy is in bad shape. Unemployment rates are higher than any other time in recent history. However, there are still ways of landing a job in the current economic climate. Some career fields never slump no matter the state of economic affairs. Article Base has a listing of careers that fit this description including; teachers, CPAs, and Healthcare professionals.

Tune in to At Work this week as host Emory Mulling and Cheryl Ayers discuss tips on how to find jobs in a down economy and how you can kickstart your career. Airing this Friday at 3:00PM on GPB Radio.

Friday, September 5, 2008


Today on Consumer Call-In:

Shawn Conroy from the Governor's office of consumer affairs and Cynthia Johnson of the public service commission join Valarie Edwards as they discuss the unseen victims of the nation’s foreclosure crisis. What happens when the home you’re renting goes into foreclosure? Plus, a consumer alert about selling your car, when you still owe money on it. And we’ll have the latest consumer news you can use. All this on Consumer Call-In with Valarie Edwards.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

Weekend Warriors can shout TGIF a little louder this week with the extended weekend that Labor Day affords. According to the official U.S. Department of Labor website:
The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.
In tribute of Labor Day, Emory Mulling and Cheryl Ayers will interview special guest Walter Andrews, President of the Communication Workers of America Atlanta Chapter and Executive Vice President of the Georgia Chapter of the AFL-CIO. At Work with Emory Mulling airs Friday at 3:00PM on GPB. Tune in on your radio dial or stream the show online here.

Thursday, August 21, 2008


Interviewing is one of the most stressful parts of a job search, and blowing an interview is a sure way to be rejected for a position. This show gives you tips for a successful interview for whatever level job you are interested in. It explains how to form the best first impression, open the interview, describe your accomplishments, and close the interview. Callers ask specific questions on how they should have handled one of their past interviews with a prospective employer, as well as receive advice on future interviews.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Your Network = Your Net Worth

This week on At Work, Emory Mulling tackles the subject of networking. Hard work and a shimmering resume can only get you so far. A strong network of business connections can provide support in times of unemployment or opportunities to advance in a career. Some of us aren't "social butterflies," so it can be difficult just to speak with people we don't know. Here's a few helpful tips from the good folks over at Business Pundit:

Do cool things.
Introverts typically don’t like to talk about themselves - we prefer to talk about ideas. Force yourself to discuss some of the things you’ve done. Don’t brag, make sure they are relevant to the conversation. Then the extroverts can talk about you and pass your achievements along. It gives you credibility in some circles. Yes, I realize you would rather be accepted for what you think and know, but the truth is that the world measures you by what you do.

Go regularly to things you like.
When I was living on the Space Coast, I went to a group called Founders Forum. It was for entrepreneurs and investors. I learned a lot at the meetings, but it took about 6 months for people to start recognizing me and saying hi. It was uncomfortable, being 23 in a room of mostly middle aged people. You just have to keep showing up, month after month.

Networking can be as simple as handing out a business card or introducing yourself to co-workers in the break room. Share your stories of how networking has enhanced your career by leaving us a comment.

At Work with Emory Mulling airs this Friday at 3PM on GPB

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Who Needs a University Degree to Succeed?

Ron Jackson, Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, joins Emory Mulling this week on "At Work." Join us as Jackson answers the questions all students should know such as:
How many schools and how widespread is the Technical College system?

How is Technical College curriculum different from University curriculum?

Does the Hope Scholarship Program cover Technical College tuition costs?

Technical Colleges can also be helpful for non-traditional students or adults seeking to change careers or hone their skill set. At Work with Emory Mulling airs this Friday at 3PM on GPB, TUNE IN!

Submit your questions for Ron Jackson here in the comments section of the blog.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Consumer Call In

At Work with Emory Mulling takes a break this week for GPB's Consumer Call-In with host, Valarie Edwards. On today's show ... Bobbie Baker from the Public Service Commission and Shawn Conroy from the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs take listener calls.
And, there's a new state website designed to help young adults become better consumers.
Also, learn how to protect yourself from identity thieves.
And, joining us today is Will Phillips from the statewide branch of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).
All that plus the latest in consumer information you can use.
Coming up on Consumer Call-In this afternoon at 3:00 here on GPB.

Friday, July 25, 2008

At Work "Live Blogging" Today!

What comes to mind when you think of your boss? Are they a mentor, thoughtful colleague who runs interference for you and supports your work and your goals, your career dreams?

Unfortunately, many of us don’t have that boss. Today on At Work, Emory Mulling will be taking your calls, live to talk about The Boss From Hell – horror stories and strategies about how to deal with the boss who throws you under the bus, leaves you out of the loop, or puts you on double secret probation, or otherwise makes things tough At Work. So whether you work for Bill Lumbergh at Initech or someone even more troublesome, we want to hear from you and offer solutions today on At Work with Emory Mulling, coming up right after news from NPR.

If your Boss from Hell has the office phone-tapped, then submit your questions or comments here. We’ll be checking the blog throughout the show (live-blogging) to read your submissions.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Boss from Hell

Whether in retail, corporate offices, or a factory, the Boss from Hell can take up residence in any workplace. Most people have a horror story or two about working for a "Bill Lumbergh" or "Miranda Priestly" at some point in their career. A Gallup poll that surveyed over 1 million employees in America concluded that the number one reason people leave their job is attributed to their boss or direct manager. This week on “At Work”, Emory Mulling discusses how to make the most of working for these deplorable dictators and what we can all learn from them.

Join us this Friday at 3PM with Emory Mulling on “At Work” and be sure to phone in to 1-866-RADIO-GA (1-866-723-4642) as we will be taking your calls live. Can’t wait until Friday to vent? Leave us a comment here by clicking the “COMMENTS” button below.

Friday, July 18, 2008

At Work With Emory Mulling Discusses The Blessing And Curse of Electronic Communication In The Workplace

No matter whether you’re at your desk, driving home from work, or having a cup at your favorite coffeehouse, we’re surrounded by electronic communication, constantly in touch with our co-workers and bosses, as well as friends and family. On today’s show, we’ll be talking about the use and occasional abuse of these tools, as well as how they affect our communication styles and approach to communicating with others.

Everyone knows a story about a voice mail or email that should have never been sent, or sent to the wrong person. What kind of news is it appropriate to deliver electronically, and how about the old fashioned concept of walking down the hall and having a face to face conversation?

The average worker will be devoting 41% of the workday to e-mail by 2009, managing 170+ e-mails per day. And while electronic communication makes our workday and workspace more flexible, many people end up ruining 'family time' by constantly checking their PDA for work related email on what would have been down time in an earlier, analog era.

Join Emory Mulling at 3pm today as we discuss these issues and take your calls, live, on At Work. Call The GPB Talk Studio at 1-866-RADIO-GA, that's 1-866723-4642.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Valarie Edwards Hosts The Return Of The Consumer Call In Show on GPB Friday at 3pm

At Work with Emory Mulling is on vacation this week, and in its place GPB is bringing back a longtime service for our listeners:

Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Live Monthly Consumer Call-in returns to GPB Radio on Friday, July 11 at 3 PM. For over a decade, the program has provided a valuable service to listeners. The program will be hosted by Award-Winning GPB Reporter Valarie Edwards, who will conduct interviews, take listener calls and offer consumer tips.

The upcoming show will feature Bobby Baker of the Public Service Commission and Shawn Conroy of the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs. These representatives will answer consumer questions at 1-866 RADIO GA (1-866-723-4642).

Make sure to tune in to GPB Radio Friday, July 11 at 3 PM to find out about the latest consumer scams, tips on saving money and other helpful advice.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Dealing With Vacations At Work

It’s the beginning of summer vacation time, which means that many employees will be preparing for their summer vacations. Many of you will also be helping your co-workers with their workloads while they are out.

In today’s “flat organizations,” where most people work in teams, vacation planning has become a large-group affair and results in time-off traffic jams. Some 59% of workers have to coordinate their vacations with co-workers before they go, says a recent survey of 1,015 full-time workers by Harris Interactive for Kronos, a workforce management concern. And more than one in five say their vacation requests have been denied because a co-worker had already asked for the same time. This may be one reason more than half of U.S. workers fail to use all their vacation days each year, says a 2007 study of 1,082 workers by Hudson Highland Group.

At Work With Emory Mulling will take a vacation of our own, stepping aside for the July 4
Edition of Fresh Air and then the return of the GPB Consumer Call In Show with Valarie Edwards on July 11. Emory Mulling will be back, live, to take your calls on workplace issues on Friday, July 18 at 3pm.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Michael Thurmond With The Jobs In Georgia Call-In Friday, June 20 at 3pm

At Work in it's usual format steps aside For the Georgia Department of Labor's Jobs In Georgia Call In Special Friday, June 20 at 3pm on GPB. Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond and his staff will be taking your calls at 866-RADIO GA, 866-723-4642. Call us if you have a question about how Department of Labor can help you in your job search.

Emory Mulling will be back next week with more thoughtful talk and your calls about workplace issues.