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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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Teaching Machines to Think About HR
For all its promise for HR, big data and its "machine-learning" component still only give us facts about, and factual relationships within, our workforces; not conclusions based on the statistical analyses HR has always needed -- and always will -- to make meaningful predictions.
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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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