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The Promise and Limitations of Social Media
Potential problems with the use of social media include breaking down barriers between an individual's professional and personal lives, the amount of time it requires and the potential for ineffective assistance from an employee's network.
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Is HR Becoming a Profession?
A new study looks at some of the changes in backgrounds and skills of human resource leaders of Fortune 100 companies that took place over the past decade. The results dispute some conventional wisdom surrounding HR and illuminate some interesting findings.
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HR Implications of Healthcare Reform
The recently signed healthcare legislation offers an interesting array of challenges and incentives for employers both big and small. One change is that offering healthcare benefits will no longer be a big source of advantage in recruiting for larger organizations.
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Leadership Lessons from India
Embattled U.S. business leaders may want to take a lesson from CEOs in India, who put shareholder value fourth on their list of priorities. Not only are the Indian companies able to do well while doing good, there is every reason to believe that they have done well precisely because they are doing good.
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Executive Comp for the Average Joe
Taking the arguments used to justify the huge bonuses and applying them to the rank-and-file highlights some unflattering assumptions about senior-level leaders. HR executives may want to take note of the differing viewpoints -- and think about what they mean to their organizations.
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Revamping Lesson Plans
The idea that different people learn differently seems obvious -- but new, comprehensive research says otherwise. In fact, the researchers conclude, there is no evidence that individuals differ in ability to learn materials via various learning styles. And that's a lesson HR leaders should incorporate into their plans.
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Are We Mismanaging Our Top Talent?
Asked why they left their past jobs, a group of high performers didn't offer the usual "I hate my boss" or even "I don't fit." Their unhappiness with their former employers boiled down to questions of fairness. And there might not be a solution to be found in today's organizations.
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Good Jobs at Mike's Carwash
Good Jobs at Mike's Carwash | Human Resource Executive Online Better hiring practices and employee management can make significant differences in turnover, retention and engagement -- even in industries that have historically been seen as offering low-wage, high-turnover, dead-end jobs.
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Difficulties in Finding Qualified Workers
In a recession, it should be easier to find qualified workers; after all, there are more potential employees to choose from. But that's not what's happening in many cases. Instead, there is a lack of supply to fill company demands for specialized skills. Why are employers so resistant to creating training-and-development programs that could solve their problems?
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Who's Breaking Wage-and-Hour Laws?
A new study finds low-wage workers are suffering rampant violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act -- and it's hurting both workers and employers. The violations do not seem to be oversights in the service industry where demands are more variable. The most violations were actually in manufacturing, where the old stereotype of sweatshops lives on.
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Ill-Prepared Workers?
Ill-Prepared Workers? | Human Resource Executive Online In the past, most entry-level workers learned their skills on the job, but such training programs went away long ago. These days, most employers expect schools to prepare students for the workforce -- and then they are disappointed with the abilities of their new hires. There is probably no easy resolution to the disconnect.
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Commitment Takes Another Hit
Commitment Takes Another Hit | Human Resource Executive Online Has the recession killed off any thoughts of employer loyalty? A recent study finds that two-thirds of employers are using the downturn to replace low-performing employees -- actions that apparently wouldn't have been taken in happier economic times. What's the long-term effect of such an approach?
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Benefiting from Relationships
Benefiting from Relationships | Human Resource Executive Online Most companies have gravitated toward the positive view of social networking -- recognizing that they can benefit from the relationships their employees have outside the organization. And, ironically, an effective model for such networking may be an ancient business form.
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Buying Options on Lawyers
Buying Options on Lawyers | Human Resource Executive Online Several law firms are paying newly hired associates to not show up for work just yet. They are betting they can mitigate the potential risk of not finding equally qualified job candidates later. Is it an approach that makes sense?
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Taking Companies Private
Taking Companies Private | Human Resource Executive Online Are private-equity firms the solution to better governance? That's been the prevailing conventional wisdom. But now, for the first time, a study comparing publicly held companies to those held by private-equity companies sheds doubt on that assumption.
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Talking Trash
Talking Trash | Human Resource Executive Online Using HR practices to enhance an organization's bottom line doesn't necessarily require innovation. Waste Management's revamped HR recruiting policies were straightforward and simple, but they paid dividends in employee engagement and in ROI.
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EFCA's Significance for HR
EFCA's Significance for HR | Human Resource Executive Online With the long, slow decline of unions over the past quarter-century, many HR leaders have little firsthand experience with the labor movement. The possible enactment of the Employee Free Choice Act could change that. But the end result for HR may not be what many in the profession think.
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HR Leaders and Economic Policy
HR Leaders and Macro-Economic Policy | Human Resource Executive Online Stimulus packages and money supply issues may seem off the beaten path for HR leaders, but there are important implications for workforce planning. Will business continue to deteriorate and will more layoffs become necessary? When will the rebound and hiring start?
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