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So You Think Things Are Bad Here?
While the job market in the United States is extremely difficult for newly minted college graduates, the situation in China is even worse.
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Don't Get Around Much Anymore
The continuing downward trend of people relocating for work may be more rooted in employment practices than it is in aging baby boomers, current economic conditions or the rise in home ownership.
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Who's Really Moving the Big-Data Needle for HR?
While HR struggles to capitalize on the potential of big data, other departments such as IT are already finding business value within the numbers -- and conveying that information directly to the powers that be.
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Re-evaluating Assessment
Considering their obvious importance, you'd think employers would have perfected the candidate-screening and performance-evaluation processes by now. But thanks to a range of factors, including some that are quite subtle, bias continues to persist and cloud the judgment of assessors.
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How Disney Solved Its Skills-Gap Problem
There are some valuable training lessons to be learned from Walt Disney's method of developing world-class animators, but companies in China seem to be the only ones taking note.
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Rethinking the Retail Model
Zeynep Ton's terrific new book titled The Good Jobs Strategy strengthens the case that many retailers might be well-served to reconsider their strategy and put human-capital investment higher on their priority list.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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The Retirement Knowledge Gap
Are you really helping your employees understand and save for their retirement? Chances are you're not.
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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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