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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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Management Lessons from Small Companies
Even though small companies have more barriers than large companies in creating "winning workplaces," some have managed to build in such programs -- even those employing blue-collar workers. And they have managed to prosper even during a down economy.
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Managing the 'Difficult' Employee
A new study finds that about one in five workers have a personality disorder that negatively impacts their career and the workplace. But while the research suggests that such disorders (particularly among women) can have a significant impact on business outcomes, HR leaders should nonetheless tread carefully as they craft a response.
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The Fork in the Road for European HR
Our intrepid columnist reports from the European front of the war for talent, where HR leaders are facing a fork in the road when it comes to developing their talent pipelines. Should HR leaders there embrace an "employability doctrine" -- or should they create a whole new doctrine?
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Are Leaders Made or Born?
Are leaders born? Or can they be made? A new study that looks at the brain waves of various individuals seems to find evidence that charismatic leadership has a physical manifestation in the brain. But it may be possible to teach people how to change their brain activity in ways that may make them more inspirational to others.
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Puzzling Out Union Impact
The furors over the dispute in Wisconsin with public-sector unions and the one between the NFL and its players provide plenty of questions -- and not very many answers. But such situations do offer HR leaders some broad lessons.
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The Future of HR
Two recent studies offer some thoughts on the future of HR. While HR leaders in developing areas are dealing with growing economies and an influx of talent -- leading to new ideas -- many CHROs in "mature" economies, such as the United States, are still focused on tactical, instead of strategic, issues. Is this a tipping point for HR?
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