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The Risks of Radical Candor
When there's something in your organization that everyone knows about, but no one is addressing, the fine line between "radical candor" and "being a jerk" can get awfully blurry.
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Recognizing the Line
Executives in the United States are often skeptical about the return-on-investment of employee-recognition programs for frontline workers. So why are business leaders in other countries -- including McDonald's executives in India -- embracing such efforts?
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The Dangers of Empowering Hiring Managers
If you think giving line managers the power to hire their own workers is a good idea, think again. New research suggests taking this path could be a big mistake.
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In Favor of Ditching the Performance Review
Whenever the topic of getting rid of performance appraisals pops up in a gathering of business people, the strongest objections to change seem to come from HR people. They should start quieting those objections.
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The Real Effects of Wage Hikes
A new study on the effects of minimum-wage increases in the fast-food industry reveals differing effects on sustainability due to differing business models and levels of efficiency. So what effect does a wage hike have? It all depends.
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Parental Leave in the Workplace Jungle
From the employee's perspective, expanded parental leave seems like a beautiful thing. But is it really possible for these programs to ever actually work as planned?
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Is the Tide Turning, Starting in the U.K.?
The U.K. government's recent arguments for better treatment of workers are about as clear a manifesto for the importance of human resources as a function as one could imagine. Will it have a ripple effect on this side of the pond?
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Why Blowing Up HR Isn't the Answer
There are two primary reasons behind why so many people dislike HR -- and neither has anything to do with whether the profession is doing a good or bad job.
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Redefining the Student/Apprentice Model
There are more than a few reasons why CapGemini's United Kingdom initiative combining academic and real-work experience for recent high-school grads could gain traction elsewhere.
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How Workers Find Jobs Now
The increased hiring of passive candidates means organizations will need to do more to retain the talent they already have on board.
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