Manpower Blog Focuses on Contemporary World

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<strong>Milwaukee &mdash; Jan. 15</strong><br />Manpower&rsquo;s newest blog, &ldquo;Contemporary Working,&rdquo; by 26-year Manpower veteran and Vice President of World of Work Solutions Melanie Holmes, guides employers and employees through today&rsquo;s workplace with a blend of curiosity, a deep understanding of the issues and an openness to fresh thinking.<br /><br />&ldquo;We know there are concerns about the big issues like the 43 percent of the population that could pack up their bags for retirement in the next decade,&rdquo; Holmes said. &ldquo;But people are also looking for quick answers to personal questions, such as how to dress for a second interview or politely decline a business dinner invitation.<br /><br />The blog, found at, serves as an open forum to facilitate an exchange of ideas on tips, tools and topics as diverse as the workplace itself. Frequent topics include the aging workforce, the looming talent crunch, working women, work-life balance, workplace diversity of all kinds, professional etiquette and more.<br /><br />Melanie&rsquo;s posts are inspired by a multitude of sources, some of which incorporate current events, Manpower research, what she is watching on TV or listening to on her iPod, and even her two dogs: Wilson, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and Hannah, a yellow Lab.<br /><br />Holmes, who began her career as a temporary employee at Manpower in 1982 and earned an MBA from Northwestern University&rsquo;s Kellogg School of Management at age 55, draws on her extensive background to create a learning environment for all workers.<br /><br />&ldquo;I have been fortunate to learn many things from great people over the years,&rdquo; Holmes said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m looking forward to a lively exchange of ideas with visitors to the blog.&rdquo;<br /><br />&ldquo;Contemporary Working&rdquo; is Manpower&rsquo;s second venture into the blogosphere. In August 2007, Chief Legal Officer and resident comedian at Manpower North America, Mark Toth, launched &ldquo;Employment Law Blawg: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Employment Law (But Didn&rsquo;t Want To Pay A Lawyer To Ask),&rdquo; available at <br />

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