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Is Discrimination Against the Unemployed Real?
Much like the joke that banks only want to give loans to people who don't need them, it sometimes seems as though the only people who can get jobs these days are those who already have them. But is that really true?
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Thriving on Stress
New research on resilience finds it might be possible to teach people how to interpret stressful situations as something useful and thereby enable them to change the way they respond to them.
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In Praise of the United States -- and the Question of Education
One of the persistent answers to high unemployment around the world -- especially for the developing countries -- is that entrepreneurship can actually create new jobs. But it is astonishing to hear about how many parts of the world where there is deep suspicion of entrepreneurs, and real resistance to their efforts. And it's not just bureaucracy and red tape that get in their way.
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HR Trendspotting: 2013 Edition
While creating forecasts is never an iron-clad proposition, a perusal of others' HR predictions for 2013 can yield some intriguing conclusions.
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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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