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Leaders Behaving Badly
New study shows most business leaders worldwide lack the fundamental skills and behaviors necessary to effectively lead. The data show interactive conversations are key to improving this sorry state.
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Cultivate Your Workforce
Career advancement is often a key reason why employees join an organization, and lack of career advancement is the most-often cited reason they would leave. However, a new study shows that many organizations think their career-management programs are missing the mark.
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The Post-Shutdown Blues
For many federal employees, the government shutdown was a traumatic event. The private sector may be able to glean lessons from how some federal agencies go about re-engaging their employees.
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Reaping the Rewards of Giving
A recent study concludes that giving employees a means to share a portion of their bonuses with co-workers or donate it to charities can have a positive impact on the bottom line. Some experts, however, suggest that employers considering such a model would still be wise to tread carefully.
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Entitlement Issues
Character traits associated with entitled workers, such as an aversion to critical feedback, suggest they are more likely to create trouble on the job than their co-workers, new academic research shows.
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Stay-At-Home Executives
A study finds North America-based executives going on fewer international assignments than those in Europe and Asia. While assignments abroad are certainly valuable, many U.S. companies are finding other ways to help leaders gain the skills needed to succeed in the global marketplace, experts say.
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Make Time for Break Time
Research from the University of Toronto underscores the business benefits of encouraging employees to take regular breaks, and giving them more free rein in deciding how to use them.
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Navigating the Perils of Re-boarding
They were terminated, they were gone, but now they're back. When employees are reinstated after filing a wrongful-termination claim, HR professionals are faced with some challenges that require careful navigation.
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A Manager-Millennial Disconnect
Recent study shows surprising disconnects between what managers think of millennials and what millennials think of managers. Also surprising are what most believe millennials want at work and what they really want.
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Working Like Someone's Watching
A recent study found the presence of monitoring software not only deterred restaurant employee theft, but impacted how workers approached their jobs. Experts say such software can indeed affect employee performance, but employers must be careful to differentiate between productivity monitoring and surveillance, and ensure the workforce understands that difference.
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The Flextime Fraternity
The importance of a man's job -- as well as his gender -- works in his favor when he asks for a flextime arrangement, according to new research. But that's not the case for women, and experts say HR needs to train managers to seek a better balance.
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Dear HR: Why I Am Leaving
While it is highly unlikely a departing employee would ever divulge all their reasons for leaving a company, this may be what an honest -- albeit hypothetical -- resignation letter looks like.
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Study: Women Don't Feel Held Back at Work
Gallup releases surprising results in a recent survey, showing a vast majority of women don't feel they've been bypassed for raises or promotions due to gender. Findings underscore the importance of engaging employees as individuals, demographics aside.
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Hazards of the Night Shift
Some workers prefer the flexibility that jobs with nonstandard hours can provide. But for many, working the night shift undermines family life -- and it can leave them more vulnerable to disease.
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The Expat Gender Gap
A new survey finds just 21 percent of international assignees are female. While the study also found few women expressing strong interest in global relocation, experts say HR can help female business leaders identify international opportunities and determine if the circumstances are right for taking the assignment.
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Making Work 'Work'
Ellen Galinsky, president of the Families and Work Institute, talks about what companies around the country are trying, what works and what doesn't when it comes to workplace flexibility.
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Hiring-Process Quality Drops
A new report reveals a dip in hiring-process quality for the first time in five years. Experts urge company leaders to address this by taking a closer look at -- and improving -- their talent-sourcing strategies and onboarding programs.
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The Growing IT Gap
While the need for computer and IT jobs in the United States has increased over the past decade, the number of degrees completed in those fields has dipped lower than levels reported in the early 2000s, new research shows. What gives?
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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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