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Educational Requirements Rising
A college degree has become the new high-school diploma, as recent research shows that more companies will seek workers with higher education qualifications. Experts weigh in on the future of educational requirements in the workplace.
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A Kinder, Gentler Ax
There are compassionate ways to lay people off. So why aren't organizations using them?
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Broken Promises
A new study shows that some employees are more productive when faced with organizational change, including "psychological contract breaches."
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Career Prep 101
Pushed by dissatisfied employers as well as parents and students concerned about the value of a degree, many colleges are taking a more proactive approach to preparing their students for the workplace.
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Perks Then and Now
A Silicon Valley writer and historian puts the history of perquisites and today's perk peak into an intriguing perspective.
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In Pursuit of a
Post-College Career
While two recent studies report overall college hiring is significantly up, experts suggest not everyone is benefiting from today's more candidate-friendly environment.
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Highlighting Diversity in the Recruiting Process
A new survey finds an organization's diversity is important to both candidates and employees, but employers need to do a better job of communicating their efforts to create a balanced workforce.
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Attracting Big Talent to Small Cities
Specialized-talent shortages can be especially challenging to overcome when the positions are with companies in small communities that lack the glamor of New York, Chicago or Los Angeles, but experts say it can be done.
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Back to the Future
With all of the talent streaming through the corporate sector and the increased use and sophistication of executive-search firms, why are companies going back to the future and rehiring former CEOs?
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Finding Leaders Early
What makes the companies on Aon Hewitt's 2014 Top Companies for Leaders list exceptional is different than in years past, and these organizations are more focused than ever on identifying and nurturing would-be leaders early on, experts say.
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Fighting the 'Hermit Crab Syndrome'
As a new academic paper makes clear, leaders who fail to convey openness to new ideas will stymie innovation within their organizations.
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The Pressure of Being 'Everyone's Ideal'
A new study suggests that the old adage about loneliness at the top may apply more to women business leaders than their male counterparts.
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Improvement by Reduction
Smart managers recognize that workers who lack resources are forced to rely on each other's cooperation to solve problems and seize opportunities.
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Filling the 'Middle-Skills' Gap
The trouble organizations are encountering when searching for available workers with "middle skills" -- defined as those that require more than a high-school diploma, but less than a four-year degree -- is causing a negative impact on corporate performance, according to a new report.
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Transforming Onboarding with Automation
Beyond being a time saver, having automatic workflows in place enables HR executives to focus less on the logistical mechanics of onboarding and more on the actual person.
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The Call-Center Blues
People who work in call centers tend to be less healthy, suffer from more stress and take more medical leave than workers in other fields. But while the work can clearly take its toll on those answering the phones, HR leaders aren't without tools that can go a long way in minimizing the impact.
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Telework Tied to Recruiting and Retention
Federal telework and mobility strategies are doing well in pockets, according to a new survey, but they must further evolve to ensure agencies will be able to recruit and retain top talent.
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Stress Matters
Wharton experts say global competition, downsizing and the constant state of being electronically tethered to the office are combining to create an unprecedented level of stress in the workplace.
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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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