HR Executive Walks More Than a Mile in Other Man’s Combat Boots

On an average weekday, you can find Deb Shokouhzadeh helping a local civil engineering firm institute human resources policies to handle its fast-paced growth. She's a snappy dresser, preferring a tailored look -- skirt suits and three-inch heels -- to match her professional demeanor. But a recent workday found Shokouhzadeh in jeans and tennis shoes, hustling up and down skinny ladders and long,...

Chrysler Bankruptcy: The Ripple Effect

Three years ago my husband applied for an assembly line job at the Chrysler Plant in Belvidere, Illinois. He was looking for a good job with benefits. We were dreaming of health insurance for our kids- you know... just in case. Before that, he had been a master mechanic for years, but had left that industry to flip houses in the South. Two houses and two kids later, we knew we needed something...