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What Went Wrong at Rutgers
University officials were so intent on adhering to disciplinary processes and contractual obligations that they failed to fully appreciate the broader reputational issues men's basketball coach Mike Rice's behavior presented for the university.
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Relationships Matter
To be successful in almost any endeavor, you have to build relationships and really know who your colleagues are and what they expect from you. You also need to understand what you can expect from them.
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A Lesson in Generational Differences
In our quest to help employees understand generational diversity, are we overlooking the need to educate them about just how much the generations have in common?
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Reflecting on HR's Value
Every professional group deals with its own problems of perception, from engineers to CIOs to HR leaders. But it's important to pause, take a breath and remember how much the HR function does that makes a positive difference in employees' lives.
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HR: A Critical Consideration
Some HR leaders will surely be frustrated to hear about another report that takes aim at the progress being made within the function, but that criticism also contains some keys to success.
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At Home in a 'Foreign Land'
After a visit to the HR Technology® Conference, there's no doubt that the data and analytical tools available through current and future HRM systems will enable HR executives to add even greater value to the business.
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Maximizing the Value of Frontline Leaders
With their proximity to the largest part of the workforce, frontline supervisors can have a huge impact on how well employees are working toward achieving the organization's business strategy and goals.
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Leveraging the Power of Thank You
While every Management 101 class emphasizes the importance of employee recognition, far too often we fail to express our gratitude to executives and employees alike, often at a high cost to organizations.
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What Should I Be Doing?
While the two new HR competency models may be different in design, they both provide research-grounded road maps for HR leaders to follow in building their own competencies and the competencies of their HR team.
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It's Lonely at the Top
Developing a trusted network of other CHROs in which participants share their knowledge and experiences -- through professional societies, trade groups or past jobs -- can provide members with insights and potential strategies for dealing with very real challenges of their day-to-day jobs.
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Examining Organizational Ethics
A new report looks at some of the elements that motivate employees to report illegal or unethical violations at work. The findings offer some insights for HR leaders interested in creating an ethical workplace environment.
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The Good News and the Bad News
A combination of factors may lead to a resurgence of manufacturing in the United States. While that's certainly a positive development, the downside is that HR leaders will be challenged to find job candidates proficient in STEM skills.
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A Call to Action
Too many individuals in the HR profession want the opportunity to offer strategic input to their organizations but resist taking the necessary steps to ground their vision in the financial realities -- mostly because they can't understand the macro- or micro-economic situation.
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A Silver Anniversary
For all of the sea changes in business, science, technology and public policy over the past 25 years, the challenge for HR has essentially remained the same: to help people and organizations survive and thrive in these constantly changing environments.
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Equalizing Opportunity
An initiative taking place in the UK is designed to ensure individuals from lower social-economic backgrounds are not excluded from opportunities. It's something HR leaders in the United States should think about as well.
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Wariness of NLRB Increases
All HR executives should be concerned about recent developments at the National Labor Relations Board. Where once you may have just skimmed the news about the agency, you may now want to pay closer attention.
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Talk it Up
Communication -- with the goal of sharing information as a way to create trust -- should be the top priority of senior-level HR leaders this coming year. Trusting that employees can understand the complex business environment they work in allows them to make better business decisions.
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When ROI Means Return on Influence
To make a meaningful impact in an organization, HR leaders need to be able to successfully influence senior leadership. Here are some proven tips on how to gain credibility and, in turn, get other business leaders to listen to your perspective.
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