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Rethinking Performance Appraisals
Why is it so difficult to change an organization's performance-appraisal process? Because it requires a change in the culture of the organization -- an outcome that only can be brought about through some very different HR practices.More
A Failing Grade
What's causing Americans' skills to fall well behind those of other countries after they leave school? For the answer, you don't need to look outside the workplace.More
Bracing for a Higher 'Quit Rate'
Given the current focus on hiring experienced candidates from outside the organizations, employers would be wise to make retention practices a higher priority.More
Hiring Lessons from the NFL Draft
A look at the National Football League's annual draft shows not only that there may be huge benefits from shopping in talent pools that get less attention, but also that hiring with your gut could be an expensive proposition.More
Breaking Down the Safety Net
Critics argue that welfare programs -- including unemployment insurance -- discourage the unemployed to look for work, but is that really the case?More
Who Says 'Yes' When the Headhunter Calls?
New research finds there may be a credibility problem when company leaders complain about a lack of loyalty.More
Wondering About Wages
Searching for insight amidst the traditional sources of pay-increase data may not be the best way to determine where wages should be set.More
Are Lawyers Really Helping Us?
With research questioning the overall merit of bringing lawyers in to alternative-dispute resolutions, and with common sense reminding us that lawyers cost money, a better solution might be to agree beforehand to leave the lawyers out.More
My Message to You Poor College Grads
With the country experiencing the worst job market in 75 years, our Talent Management columnist suggests college graduates consider some unorthodox options, including delaying graduation, seeking employment abroad or "doing almost anything other than working."More
The Retirement Knowledge Gap
Are you really helping your employees understand and save for their retirement? Chances are you're not.More
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?More
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.More
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.More
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.More
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.More
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.More
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.More
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.