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Taking Workforce Development Seriously
Singapore's pragmatic approach to meeting the needs of employers and employees -- pre- and post-hire -- probably wouldn't happen here because of U.S. politics and ideology.
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What's Up with Wal-Mart?
As the biggest private employer in the United States, Wal-Mart's recent moves to raise employee pay, improve scheduling practices and provide greater internal career opportunities stem, in part, from business necessity and will inevitably have major implications on a national scale.
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'Predestination' in the MBA Job Market
A new study suggests MBA students no longer have the freedom to try out careers, but must, instead, choose their directions early on -- and have industry and intern experience behind them.
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Betting on Retention
The odds are pretty good retaining talent will become a huge challenge for HR executives -- but also perhaps a significant opportunity.
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Comcast's Big Bet on the Future
How can you lure top talent away from Silicon Valley and other tech centers? Offer them things they can't get there, such as the ability to walk to work, own a house and be part of an affordable, urban community.
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A 'Creepy' Benefit
Few employers seem to be following in the footsteps of Apple and Facebook by offering to cover the cost of freezing a woman's eggs -- and perhaps for good reason.
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'Back to the Future' at IBM
While the idea that employers would co-invest in an employee's education is certainly not a new one, IBM has begun retraining its workers with an old-school -- and perhaps replicable -- approach.
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Steering Clear of a Bump in Wages
The trucking industry finds itself squarely in the middle of a wage-related dilemma as the economy continues to grow.
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What Happened to Part-time Work?
At least a couple of factors may be behind the emergence of unpredictable work schedules, a trend that's understandably taking a toll on today's sizable part-time workforce.
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Project Mismanagement
Over the past few decades, organizations have moved toward much greater individual accountability and away from less functional, committee-based approaches when it comes to managing projects. While these new models certainly have their advantages, they also can easily be undermined.
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