LM Sixel

LM Sixel

L.M. Sixel writes about the economy and the workplace for the Houston Chronicle. She started her newspaper career at the Beaumont Enterprise. Before that, she earned a Bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master's degree in economic history from the London School of Economics.

Shell Oil, Motiva to pay $4.5 million in back wages to nearly 2,700 workers

Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises have agreed to pay nearly $4.5 million in overtime back wages to 2,677 current and former chemical and refinery employees after federal regulators found violations of federal labor law.  More »

Houston company ordered to pay fired welder in discrimination suit

A Houston federal court jury awarded $3 million to an African-American welder who said he was fired after complaining of racial discrimination at National Oilwell Varco.  More »

High school students explore energy careers at OTC

Milena Martinez was considering a career as a chemical engineer so she could eventually launch her own cosmetics company. At least, that was until she got a chance to visit the Offshore Technology Conference on Thursday.  More »

OTC gives teens tips on preparing for oil and gas careers

High school students learn essential career skills at OTC.  More »

OTC networking tip: Do you really need another ball cap or coffee mug?

Are you the king or queen of swag? Try to keep it under wraps at OTC.  More »

OTC networking tip: Managing all those business cards

Manage your business cards if you want to be an effective networker.  More »

Employers, are you giving enough ‘bear hugs’?

Companies focused on keeping their key employees happy are at reduced risk of losing them to a competitor.  More »

Poaching workers becomes business strategy for oil and gas as boomers retire

Energy companies know they’re facing a shortage of talent. But instead of trying to develop more workers with those key skills, many companies are planning to buy their way out of the problem.  More »

Where are the blue-collar workers?

Blue collar job candidates are scarce at the Offshore Technology Conference this year to the angst of recruiters who are looking for them.  More »

Recruiters are out in force at OTC

Recruiters – and job candidates – are out in force at OTC  More »

Stewart: To attract women, industry’s rough image needs to modernize

It may be 2014 but many women still don’t feel welcome in the oil and gas industry.  More »

OTC networking tip: Ditch the purse and briefcase

Heavy purses and briefcases were not designed for trade shows that require miles of walking. Leave them at home or back at the hotel.  More »

OTC networking tip: Finding the elusive recruiter

Recruiters are everywhere. You just have to know where to look.  More »

Want power? Get a sponsor

Mentors are important but sponsors will get you the next promotion.  More »

Competition for workers shortening offshore assignments

Month on, month off rotations are being increasingly rare as offshore industry tries to improve its working conditions,  More »
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