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The Manufacturing Skill Shortage
A closer examination of the current shortage of machinists in the United States yields some interesting findings, especially when compared to a similar reported shortfall in 1982.
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Knowing When to Ask
When it comes to figuring out why women as a group earn less than men, the evidence has always been messy. But a new study has uncovered differences in how men and women respond to wage information.
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Big Data Comes to HR
Data mining can be an effective tool for making better hires, giving employers the ability to find new and unexpected relationships in the numbers. But there continues to be times when human judgment has to be factored in as well.
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Rethinking Incentives and Discipline
What would happen to overall productivity if organizations gave out performance bonuses before workers have even achieved their goals? Based on a recent study of student performance in Chicago, the answer may just surprise you.
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The Dust-Up Over HR Standards
Is human resources a profession or a management function? This fundamental question is driving the current debate between SHRM and the HR Policy Association over the creation of HR standards.
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The Hypocrisy of Suing Workers Who Leave
Suing employees who leave an organization isn't going over very well with judges, writes Cappelli, especially when it turns out that the employer doing the suing is also poaching talent from their competitors.
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The Most Powerful HR Department in the World
There are a surprising number of similarities between the way U.S.-based corporations used to handle talent management and the way the Chinese Communist Party does now.
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The Restructuring of the Top HR Job
The never-ending struggle for short-term financial results has resulted in a uniquely American style of HR leadership for publicly owned companies. The notion of strategic HR is very different in many other parts of the world.
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Do Outside Hires Perform Better?
HR leaders tend to try to push back against the fetish in their corporations to hire from outside instead of promoting from within. A new study offers some evidence to bolster their case.
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The Last 25 Years Point to the Future
From the professionalization of HR to the rise of the vendor, our talent-management columnist recalls the trends that have shaped HR since 1987-- and will continue to shape the profession going forward.
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The Labor Market Bites Chinese Factories
As retention of factory workers becomes a problem for companies in China, wages and benefits are increasing. But employers still face a labor shortage -- and their potential responses to it may have big implications for China and the rest of the world.
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Jobs Headline the Davos Meetings
The need for more job creation, increased training and education, and concern over rising income inequality dominated the discussions at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting. And people from the emerging economies -- especially China, India, Brazil and the smaller countries of Southeast Asia -- were doing much of the lecturing.
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The Value of Elite Colleges
Does it pay to recruit from -- or even go to -- a prestigious university? There have been a number of studies that follow the careers of students who attended elite universities and those who just missed the criteria for admission.
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Should You Outsource?
Sourcing decisions are human resource judgments that too often are made based solely on economic issues. HR leaders need to better analyze -- and decide the best ways to deal with -- the business risks of outsourcing work.
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Finding Qualified Workers
Short-sighted HR practices and unreasonable job requirements may be two leading factors that contribute to the difficulties employers are having in finding qualified workers. A recent article on the issue drew an avalanche of responses, including a few that were quite enlightening.
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Managing Human Capital Risk
The potential for risk in human resources can negatively affect entire business organizations -- yet only half of organizations say they have a formal plan to assess such risks. It's up to HR leaders to better understand the risks and the potential costs they represent to the business.
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The One Thing You Should Do Now
Even as uncertainty abounds, there are actions HR leaders can take to determine what strategies corporate leaders should be considering -- or undertaking. These not only help the organization as a whole, but also help the HR function and HR leadership.
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The Catch-22 of Unemployment Discrimination
It may not be illegal, but a strong case could be made that it's foolish for employers to screen out the unemployed when looking at job applicants. As long as the applicant's skills are current, wouldn't such a candidate be more motivated to perform well and more likely to work cheaper?
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